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Family Advocacy Program (FAP)

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We provide assistance to individuals who want to improve their personal lives and relationships.

The Family Advocacy Program (FAP) exists to break the cycle of spouse/intimate partner and child abuse by identifying abuse as early as possible. We provide prevention and intervention services and resources for affected Services Members and their Families.

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The U.S. Army Family Advocacy Program (FAP) helps Soldiers and Families recognize and meet the unique challenges of military lifestyles. Our services include seminars, workshops, counseling, and intervention to help strengthen Army Families, enhance resiliency and relationship skills, and improve quality of life.

We are also dedicated to helping Soldiers and Families with the complex challenges related to domestic abuse, child abuse, and neglect. We focus on prevention, education, prompt reporting, investigation, intervention, and treatment.

If you need help, please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at + 1(800)799-7233. You should also contact your installation’s Family Advocacy Program for more information.

Our additional programs within the Family Advocacy Program help with specific needs:

New Parent Support Program (NPSP): Expecting parents and parents with children ages 0-3 have special challenges, and NPSP has tools to meet them. Programs including home visits and parenting classes help caregivers learn to cope with stress, isolation, deployments, reunions, and the everyday demands of parenthood.

 

Transitional Compensation (TC) Program for Abused Dependents: Under a congressionally mandated program, abused dependents of military personnel may be eligible for up to three years of benefits and entitlements, including temporary financial compensation, medical care, and commissary and exchange privileges.

 

Victim Advocacy Program (VAP): Victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse have round-the-clock access to services, including emergency assistance, information, referrals, and ongoing support in accessing medical, behavioral health, legal, and law enforcement services on and off garrisons. Victim Advocates will discuss the option of restricted and unrestricted reports.

 

Seminars and Workshops

Seminars and workshops are available to you, your unit, or your Family support group. Topics may include:

  • Command and Troop Education
  • Community Awareness
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Couples Communication Skills
  • Stress Management
  • Prevention Programs and Services
  • New Parent Support Program
  • Parent Education
  • Domestic Violence Prevention
  • Victim Advocate Program
  • Relationship Support
  • Safety Education
  • Respite Care Program
  • Emergency Placement Care Program
  • Reporting Procedures

 

Contact your installation’s Army Community Service (ACS) Family Advocacy Program for more information.

 

You can also call Military OneSource for more information and referrals.

The Family Advocacy Program supports readiness, builds healthy families and sustains strong communities by providing comprehensive approaches to prevention, identification and intervention of child and spouse abuse in military families.

Family Advocacy Program (FAP) Policy:

The Department of Army policy is to prevent spouse and child abuse, to protect those who are victims of abuse, to treat those affected by abuse and to ensure that personnel are professionally trained to intervene in abuse cases.

The FAP promotes public awareness within the military community and coordinates professional intervention at all levels within the civilian and military communities, including law enforcement, social services, health services and legal services.

Education:

The Family Advocacy Program provides core programs in prevention and education in the following areas:

  • Community Education
  • Commander Education
  • Troop Education
  • Education for Professionals
  • Parent Education and Support
  • Safety Education
  • Spouse Abuse Prevention
  • Victim Advocacy Services
  • Family Life Education

The Family Advocacy Program educators provide briefings and trainings on identification, reporting and prevention of spouse and child abuse.

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