Upcoming SHARP training schedule announced
The Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program, or SHARP, reinforces the Army’s commitment to eliminate incidents of sexual assault through a comprehensive policy that centers on awareness and prevention, training and education, victim advocacy, response, reporting and accountability. Army policy promotes sensitive care and confidential reporting for victims of sexual assault and accountability for those who commit these crimes. Accordingly, the US Army Garrison will host mandatory SHARP training for fiscal year 2014 from 8 – 11:30 a.m. at Cochise Theater. Upcoming training takes place Nov. 14 and Dec. 12. This training is open to all personnel on Fort Huachuca.
For more information, call 538.5971.
AER shares new information
Army Emergency Relief is now operating on an appointment only schedule due to newly mandated processing procedures. Call 533.2330 for an appointment. Priority is always given to Emergency Red Cross situations which will be seen immediately.
A sergeant first class no longer needs their company commander’s or first sergeant’s signature on their application for Army Emergency Relief financial assistance (AER Form 700). As a reminder, master sergeants and above, chief warrant officer 3s and above and captains and above do not require a senior signature authority on their AER Form 700.
For more information call 533-2330.
Those who have a spouse or child attending college are invited to visit the AER website at www.aerhq.org for information on the AER scholarship for spouses and dependents of active duty service members.
Partner violence is community problem
Partner violence can be more subtle than physical aggression. One other factor to consider is intimate abuse or emotional abuse.
Signs of intimate abuse include, but are not limited to, a partner disrespecting the other’s thoughts or beliefs, name calling, keeping track of where their partner goes, controlling how they dress and preventing them from seeing friends or family. Even though 95 percent of all victims of domestic violence are women, this type of abuse affects both men and women.
Typically, matters have escalated to an abusive relationship when certain signs appear, such as a partner having a rapidly changing or an unpredictable mood or when people lie to family or friends about their partner’s abusive behavior. Other example of abuse include a partner destroying personal property or things a person cares about, throwing objects near the victim or harming animals.
A clear indication of a relationship becoming an abusive one is if a person has gone to the doctor or emergency care because of an injury caused by their partner.
If that happens, calling 911 and reporting it to authorities, is vital. In the Fort Huachuca and Sierra Vista area, victims of abuse are advised to call the victim advocate line at ACS at 508.2772. Statistics reveal that, without professional help, violence will happen again despite the abuser’s apologizes and promises that it won’t. Also, violence is likely to get even worse if it is not addressed by professionals.
The effects of an abusive relationship can spread throughout all aspects of the victim’s life. In many cases, people who are involved in domestic violence situations have a high probability of suffering economic hardships. In turn, the victim is unable to work due to injuries suffered from acts of physical violence.
Additionally, victims of domestic abuse almost always show symptoms of depression and low self-esteem. If the couple has children and they are exposed to domestic violence, they are more likely to become aggressive, suffer from anxiety and fear, or may display physical symptoms of stress.
If any of those occurrences has happened, know help is available at ACS.
Statistics show that anger is one of the leading causes of domestic abuse in the United States. If that anger escalates, it can lead to more serious acts of physical violence. That is why it is imperative to learn preventative measures as well as understanding your triggers. Accordingly, ACS personnel are currently offering day classes for anger management from 1 – 2 p.m. Classes will run through Dec. 10 at ACS.
For more information, call ACS, 533.2330.