Submitted by: Knox PAO

Category: Miscellaneous

ARMY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH

A domestic violence victim advocate is a trained professional who provides non-clinical advocacy services and support to Soldiers and Family members experiencing domestic abuse. Victim advocates are available to provide crisis intervention, safety planning, non-judgmental support, assistance in securing medical treatment for injuries, information on legal rights and proceedings, and referrals to military and civilian resources. The victim advocate will empower those to make informed and independent decisions to support their recovery process. For more information or assistance, contact a domestic violence victim advocate at (502) 624-2635 or call the 24-hour line at (502) 310-9351.

ARMY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH PROCLAMATION

Domestic Violence Awareness Month is recognized October of each year. Our goal is to raise awareness of the warning signs of relationship abuse and help individuals and couples address problems early. No one deserves to be abused and anyone can suffer. Any time an Army Family member suffers from abuse, we fall short of our goals for readiness.

Everyone plays a role in upholding the Army values and standards that support safe, healthy relationships in the military community. Without every one of us doing our part, we cannot say our Army is fully ready to meet the mission of preventing domestic violence.

Therefore, the message to everyone in the Fort Knox community for Domestic Violence Awareness Month 2018 is clear and simple:

KNOW THE SIGNS OF HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS TO HELP PREVENT DOMESTIC ABUSE.

Simple actions can help protect victims. Take action and get help in your own relationships through the Family Advocacy Program, Military OneSource and the National Domestic Hotline. Through outreach, we can raise awareness of domestic abuse with family, friends, coworkers and community members.

Join me in making this October's Domestic Violence Awareness Month the beginning of a year-round campaign to avoid domestic abuse. Let the Fort Knox Family Advocacy Program be your partner in preventing and reducing the risk of domestic abuse, and restore valued relationships that are deteriorating.

Take a stand to avoid domestic violence and keep our community safe.

PATRICK N. KAUNE
Fort Knox Garrison Commander