Real Warriors: Domestic Violence Resources for Military Families
Domestic violence can happen to anyone, anywhere, at anytime regardless of their military service, race, ethnicity, education level, religion, gender or age. Although experiencing stress is common for Service members and their families, it should never be used as an excuse to explain or justify domestic violence under any circumstances. Moreover, anger, alcohol, or drugs are never excuses for abuse. That is why members of every military family — including Service members, spouses, parents, siblings or other caregivers — need to be aware of the valuable resources available for anyone experiencing domestic violence.
Domestic violence is a crime, and it should never be a part of a loving relationship. It is not a normal or accepted by-product of military life. For their own safety, everyone in the military family should know how to identify domestic violence in all of its forms.
Domestic violence includes the following acts:1
- Physical violence—hitting, pushing, grabbing, squeezing, yanking, biting, choking, shaking or slapping
- Sexual violence—attempted or actual sexual contact without consent
- Threats of physical or sexual abuse—words, looks or gestures to control or frighten
- Psychological or emotional abuse—humiliating, insulting, isolating, ignoring or financially controlling
- Stalking—following, harassing or electronic tracking that makes you feel afraid
If any of the above situations occur, it is critical that the affected family members and caregivers take one of the actions described below to protect themselves and find the appropriate care for the victim; the psychological issues that lead to domestic violence behaviors can be treated by behavioral health professionals. Other helpful resources for families include individual or couples counseling, legal advice and housing assistance, which are available both on and off of military installations. Remember, reaching out is a necessary first step.
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Phone: call 1-866-966-1020 to talk to a trained health resource consultant