Domestic Abuse Prevention Month, a Year Round Campaign
During October in recognition of Domestic Abuse Prevention Month, Army Community Service sponsored several events to help raise awareness at Fort Hunter Liggett.
This year’s campaign theme: “Imagine an Army Free of Domestic Abuse: Prepare-Prevent-Protect” is based on a comprehensive prevention strategy of developing strength and resiliency within the family, identifying and using all the prevention programs available to build skills, and taking responsibility to advocate for victims and families at risk.
Early in the month an ‘ACS coffee talk’ gathering addressed concerns and issues among family members and civilians, “it was good because it was informal, it got more out people to open up with topics about marriage, stress and moving from one place to another in a military career,” said Sharon Usrey, social service assistant form ACS.
Later in the month, a women’s self defense class, instructed by black belt and Family, Morale Welfare and Recreation director Charlemagne Tertulien, taught hand to hand Tae Kwon Do techniques. “It doesn’t matter if it’s at home or in the street, by teaching these ladies a few moves, if they find themselves in a situation like that, they can do the best they can to defend themselves, or to defend someone else who cannot defend themselves,” said Charlemagne. And the first Fort Hunter Liggett 10 kilometer mountain bike race through the woods and water, sponsored in part by Best Bike Zone in Paso Robles, ended the month. “I think the civilians smoked the Army, it was a beautiful day, it was good to support the event for domestic violence, just to bring awareness to it and have people come out on a Saturday morning to do it, it was great, said Terrence Tanner the family advocacy program manager and co-sponsor of the event from ACS.
Through the Army Family Covenant the Army is fully committed to supporting its families and overcoming any negative forces that diminish their health and well being. Domestic abuse, at any degree of severity, undermines that commitment. As Army families live with multiple stressors, including deployments and their aftermath, conflict and distress, the involvement of the entire Army community is critical.
All materials for the campaign can be accessed at Army OneSource by clicking on Family Programs, Family Advocacy Program and then Domestic Violence Prevention.
Please visit the Fort Hunter Liggett and Camp Parks ACS at the Soldier and Family services drop down menu.
Staff Sgt James Blaine
Fort Hunter Liggett Public Affairs