Health & Safety

October 3, 2013

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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Senior Airman Camilla Elizeu
355th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Josh Slavin)
Col. Kevin E. Blanchard, 355th Fighter Wing commander, signs a Domestic Violence Awareness Proclamation at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Sept. 27. The proclamation states that one in three Americans have witnessed an incident of domestic violence.

There are many awareness’s recognized in the month of October, one of which is Domestic Violence.

The Family Advocacy office, here, is showing their support for the cause base wide.

The first Domestic Violence Awareness Month was observed October 1987 after it was spearheaded by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and given the approval by President George W. Bush signing the proclamation.

The goal for the Family Advocacy office is to educate and prevent domestic abuse as well as remind the Desert Lightning Team that there is a zero tolerance for such behavior.

“Military leaders and domestic violence workers worry about increases in domestic violence during what is a volatile time for Americans,” Kathy Robertson, Department of Defense’s Family Advocacy Program manager said. “People in stressful situations, whether related to the economic recession, military downsizing, or dealing with the aftermath of combat are at greater risk for violence.”

Stress doesn’t just come from deployments it also includes the long hours, the constant temporary duties, the exercises and just simply raising a family in the military.

The Family Advocacy office is getting the information out about Domestic Violence to the DLT through a variety of ways. They are passing out pamphlets at the gates and throughout base, and observing Oct 18th at purple day. The Family Advocacy provides several programs year round to combat the stress of military life. These programs include a parenting class, Baby Boot Camp for Dads, marriage counseling and many more.

For more information about domestic violence or if to sign up for a class, contact Family Advocacy at 228-2104.




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