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Family Advocacy Program (FAP)


The Family Advocacy Program is committed to strengthening the lives of Service Members and Families. We are committed to preventing domestic abuse and child abuse through information, discussion, and education.

For Family Advocacy treatment programs and services through Madigan Army Medical Center, please contact (253) 968-4159


JBLM SAFELINE

Victim advocates are available 24 hours/7days a week to provide assistance to adult victims of domestic abuse. Victim Advocates can offer restricted and unrestricted reporting options for domestic abuse on a case by case basis.

Advocacy services include, but are not limited to; safety planning, referrals to military and civilian resources, and acting as a liaison between Commanders and victims.

If you or someone you know is experiencing abuse in an intimate partner relationship, please call for help. 253-966-SAFE (7233)

Reporting Child Abuse & Domestic Violence

How to Report Child Abuse

View the JBLM Child Supervision Guidelines

How to Report Domestic Abuse

To make a restricted report*  or Unrestricted Report, call our Victim Advocates at +1(253)966-7233 (SAFE).

If you are experiencing an emergency or imminent danger, please call 911.

*Restricted report:  If you are an adult victim of domestic abuse and want help but don’t want to involve command or law enforcement you can contact a victim advocate using the JBLM Safeline: +1 (253) 966-7233 (SAFE).



Register for any class listed below by visiting our Facebook Page and clicking the blue "Book Now" button, or by calling (253) 967-5901.
 
Anger Management Classes
 
  • Anger Control Training (ACT)
    16 Hours - Delivered in 8 two-hour sessions
    This class will help participants identify if they are angry or under stress, as well as teach participants helpful ways of dealing with their emotions.
    ACT is offered for Men, Women, and Teens. Participants must be able to attend all 8 modules.  
  • FAP Life Skills: Anger and Stress.
    1 two-hour session
    Learn the brain science of stress and anger, and explore how unmanaged stress can impact relationships.
Couples & Individuals Classes

 

  • FAP Life Skills: #Adulting
    8 Hours - Delivered in 4 two-hour sessions

    This class covers a variety of topics needed to successfully make your way through adulthood.

  • FAP Life Skills: Detecting Icebergs
    1 two-hour session
    Identify your core beliefs and values to gain control over your emotions & reactions.

  • FAP Life Skills: Expectation Management
    1 two-hour session
    Learn how to lessen the power that unmet expectations can have over a relationship

  • FAP Life Skills: Real-Time Resilience
    1 two-hour session
    Discover how to shut down counterproductive thinking and increase focus on desired tasks.

  • FAP Life Skills: Relationship Thinking Traps
    1 two-hour session
    Identify thought barriers and get the tools needed to foster healthy relationships.

  • FAP Life Skills: You've Got Personality
    1 two-hour session
    Identify thought barriers and get the tools needed to foster healthy relationships.

  • FAP Relationships: Five Love Languages
    1 two-hour session
    This class will help you: understand yourself and others better, relate to others more confidently, grow closer to family and friends, discover the missing ingredient in past relationships, and date more successfully. 
    Five Love Languages is offered in tailored sessions for Men, Couples, Singles, Children, Teens, and for Parents of Teens.

  • FAP Relationships: Healthy Communication
    1 one-hour session
    Discuss cultural barriers that may arise in an intercultural marriage to work towards finding balance and contentment.

  • FAP Relationships: Making Intercultural Marriage Work
    1 two-hour session
    Discuss cultural barriers that may arise in an intercultural marriage to work towards finding balance and contentment.

  • FAP Relationships: Recipe to a Healthy Relationship
    1 two-hour session
    This class helps participants identify the communication danger signs, and provides skills on how to avoid negative conflict.

  • FAP Relationships: What to Expect Before Marriage
    2 two-hour sessions
    Dating/Engaged couples will learn wisdom and tips to develop a loving, supportive and mutually beneficial marriage. You must attend all sessions to receive a certificate of completion.

  • FAP Relationships: Within Our Reach
    4 two-hour session
    Dating/Engaged couples will learn wisdom and tips to develop a loving, supportive and mutually beneficial marriage. You must attend all sessions to receive a certificate of completion.

Classes for Teens

 

  • FAP Relationships: Five Love Languages
    1 two-hour session
    This class will help you: understand yourself and others better, relate to others more confidently, grow closer to family and friends, discover the missing ingredient in past relationships, and date more successfully. 
    Five Love Languages is offered for Men, Couples, Singles, Children, Teens, and for Parents of Teens.
Classes for Parents

 

  • FAP Parenting: Common Sense Parenting
    2 two-hour sessions
    Tried and true strategies to become a more confident parent.
  • FAP Parenting: "All About That Bump" Pregnancy Support Group
    1 one-hour session, offered every other Tuesday
    Join us to learn about local resources, pregnancy tips, and staying informed.  Facilitated by a New Parent Support Program professional.
  • FAP Parenting: 1-2-3 Magic for Toddlers
    2 two-hour sessions
    Who's in charge at your house? Learn how to discipline without yelling or spanking.
  • FAP Parenting: 24/7 Dad
    2 two-hour sessions
    Calling all Dads!  Attend this workshop to increase your fatherhood skills.
  • FAP Parenting: Baby Boot Camp
    1 three-hour session
    Learn how to take care of a newborn, understand developmental stages, andn care for a sick child in this interactive class.
  • FAP Parenting: Getting Back to Basics: Nutrition and Healthy Eating for Children Birth to Three
    1 two-hour sessions
    Learn the basic nutritional needs for children 0-3 and how to establish and/or continue lifelong healthy eating habits.
  • FAP Parenting: Mindfulness Parenting
    2 two-hour sessions
    Learn how to live in the present moment to decrease stress and "mind clutter"
  • FAP Parenting: Miscarriage and Infant Loss
    1 two-hour sessions
    Pregnancy loss at any stage is devastating, but with education, proper support and healthy coping, the grieving process can be more manageable.
  • FAP Parenting: Real Talk - Talking to Kids About Difficult Topics
    1 two-hour sessions
    Learn ways to bring up difficult subjects, answer questions, and implement safeguards to streamline conversations.
  • FAP Parenting: Recipe for Positive Parenting
    2 two-hour sessions
    Discover the tools needed to be a confident parent based on your child's developmental age and needs.
  • FAP Parenting: Stepparenting - Keeping it Sane!
    2 two-hour sessions
    Learn skills to build a successful stepfamily!
  • FAP Parenting: The Fourth Trimester
    1 three-hour sessions
    All your questions about the first three months with your baby - answered!
  • Impact on Children: Crossroads of Parenting & Divorce
    1 four-hour sessions
    A five-step seminar designed to prevent divorce abuse; a specific type of emotional abuse divorcing parents inflict when feelings of anger and/or bitterness causes them to lose sight of their child's needs. This course has been approved by the Superior Court of the State of Washington and is open to all DoD ID Card holders, free of charge.

New Parent Support Program

The New Parent Support Program (NPSP) promotes healthy Families through a variety of services including home visits, support groups, and parenting classes. We help Soldiers and Families learn to cope with stress, isolation, post-deployment reunions, and the everyday demands of parenthood. Army Families who are expecting a child or who have children up to age three can participate in all of our services confidentially and free of charge. 

Each installation has developed unique New Parent Support Program services that include:

  • Home visits: Scheduled at your convenience, home visits bring you education and reassurance right to your own home on many topics, including breastfeeding, sleeping, nutrition, potty training, age-appropriate discipline, developmental screenings, sibling rivalry, stress management, deployment issues, and time management. NPSP-Home Visitors are supportive and caring licensed clinical social workers (LCSWs) or registered nurses (RNs). They have extensive experience working with young children and are sensitive to your unique challenges as a military Family.
  • Expectant Parent Workshop: Helps to provide valuable information about pregnancy and postpartum health, basic infant care, infant massage, parenting skills, safety, discipline, stress management, deployment issues, and community resources.
  • Play groups: Scheduled regularly at installations, they help children learn through play in a supportive atmosphere that benefits parents as well. Activities include story time, crafts, and music.
  • Military Homefront: A free weekly parenting email with support, tips and advice, updates about your baby’s developmental milestones, and other great information curated just for you.

Contact your installation Army Community Service (ACS) Family Advocacy Program for more information. You can also call Military OneSource for more information and referrals (CONUS: +1 (800)342-9647; OCONUS: 00-800-3429-6477; To call collect with operator assistance OCONUS: +1 (484)530-5908.

To request NPSP services call +1(253) 967-5901

View our New Parent Support informational brochure here.

Victim Advocacy Program

The Victim Advocacy Program (VAP) provides emergency and follow-up support services to adult victims of domestic abuse. Advocacy services are available to Service members, their current or former spouses, an individual with whom the Service member shares a child, and significant others of Service members who live together. Our services are available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

Our trained professionals are here for crisis response, information on reporting options, medical treatment options, law enforcement’s response, emergency services, safety planning, obtaining military and civilian protective orders, and accompaniment to medical forensic exams and medical appointments, as well as accompaniment to court for orders of protection hearings and trials. Advocates work closely with their civilian counterparts and ensure a personal and smooth transition for victims who do not qualify for ongoing advocacy services within the military community.

If you need help or want more information, contact the Victim Advocacy Program Manager at your local Army Community Service Center.

Reporting Options

The Army is fully committed to ensuring victims of domestic abuse are protected; treated with dignity and respect; and provided support, advocacy and care. The Army strongly supports effective command awareness and prevention programs, and holding offenders accountable.

There are two types of reporting options: Restricted Reporting and Unrestricted Reporting. Personnel should report all suspected cases of domestic abuse promptly, which quickly activates victim services and accountability actions. However, we understand things might not always work that way. Victims might need medical attention or victim services without command or a law enforcement response. Therefore, the Army has implemented a Restricted Reporting Option for victims to confidentially disclose allegations of abuse and receive needed medical treatment and services.

Restricted Reporting

Allows someone who meets VAP criteria and who is experiencing violence in his/her relationship to confidentially disclose the abuse to a Victim Advocate, a Victim Advocate Supervisor, or a Healthcare Provider. When an individual chooses a restricted report, law enforcement is not involved and there is no investigation of the abuse. In addition, the Soldier’s Command is not notified of the abuse and is unable to offer assistance and protection.

The restricted reporting option allows an individual to receive medical treatment, advocacy services and clinical and pastoral counseling. This option allows one to receive needed services, control the release of his/her personal information, and time to consider his/her options.

Under this reporting option, the offender is not held accountable and the abuse may continue. If an assessment reveals a high risk for future injury, a restricted report may not be granted.

Unrestricted Reporting

Victims of domestic abuse who want to pursue an official investigation of an incident should report the abuse to law enforcement, or the alleged offender’s Commander. The unrestricted reporting option provides a victim with the widest array of services available including but not limited to command involvement, law enforcement involvement, medical treatment, advocacy services, and counseling services.

Not all incidents of domestic abuse are the same, and each person who experiences domestic abuse handles the situation differently.

Command Response

Commanders play an integral part in ensuring the safety, health, and well being of our Army Families. Commanders who learn of an incident of domestic abuse are required to notify law enforcement.

Victim’s Rights

  • The right to be treated with fairness and with respect for your dignity and privacy.
  • The right to be reasonably protected from the accused offender.
  • The right to be notified of court proceedings.
  • The right to be present at all public court proceedings related to the offense, unless the court determines that your testimony would be materially affected if you, as the victim, heard other testimony at trial.
  • The right to confer with the attorney for the government in the case; the right to available restitution; the right to information about the conviction, sentencing, imprisonment, and release of the offender.

Safety Planning

A violent relationship puts you and your children at risk for injury and even death. Developing a safety plan tailored to meet the needs of your family will enable you get out of a potentially dangerous situation. If your children are old enough, mature enough, or even responsible enough to assist you during a violent or potentially violent episode of domestic abuse, you may consider including them in your plan to keep everyone safe. A good safety plan considers which steps to take if you choose to stay in the relationship or if you choose to leave.

Here are some tips during the explosive phase of domestic abuse:

  • Move to a room with easy access to an exit. Don't go to the kitchen, bathroom or near possible weapons.
  • Know the quickest route out of your home. Practice escaping that way.
  • Know the quickest route out of your workplace. Practice escaping that way. Domestic violence does not just occur in your home.
  • Pack a bag and have it ready. Keep it hidden but make it easy to grab quickly.
  • Tell your neighbors about your abuse and ask them to call the police when they hear a disturbance.
  • Have a code word to use with your kids, family and friends. They will know to call the police and get you help.
  • Know where you are going to go, if you ever have to leave.
  • Use your instincts.
  • You have the right to protect yourself and your children.

Develop a Safety Plan

Protection Orders

Military Protection Orders (MPO)
Unit Commanders may issue a Military Protective Order (MPO) to ensure the safety of service members, family members, and other individuals from the threat of domestic violence. An MPO is a written lawful order issued by a commander that orders a Soldier to avoid contact with his or her spouse or children. The commander should provide a written copy of the order within 24 hours of its issuance to the protected person, the Military Police and civilian law enforcement. An individual should report violations of the MPO to law enforcement.

Civilian Protection Orders (CPO)
A Civilian Order of Protection is an order signed by a Judge that directs an individual to stop abusing, stalking, harassing and/or committing acts of sexual violence against an individual. An individual may file a CPO against current or former spouse, someone that an individual shares a child in common, an individual with whom you have shared a residence with, someone related to you by blood or marriage or someone with whom you have dated or had intimate relations.

National Resources

  • United States Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women
  • National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence
  • Stalking Resource Center
  • Statewide directory for laws, courts, emergency shelters, orders of protection
  • Battered Women's Justice Project
  • The Family Violence Prevention Fund
  • Women's Justice Center– Also is Spanish
  • Mind, Body, Spirit Empowered - Materials translated into many languages
  • Marriage and Equality – Materials translated into many languages

Victim advocates are available 24 hours/7days a week to provide assistance to victims of domestic violence. Victim Advocates can offer restricted and unrestricted reporting options for domestic violence on a case by case basis.

Advocacy services include, but are not limited to safety planning, referrals to military and civilian resources, and act as a liaison between Commanders and victims. They are also available to provide guidance and assistance to Chain of Commands dealing with domestic abuse incidents.

For assistance related to Domestic Abuse please call the 24/7 Safe Line at (253) 966-SAFE (7233).

Mandatory Unit Training & Command Team Briefings
  • IAW AR 608-18 paragraph 3-2 all units are required to receive annual training on the dynamics of domestic abuse and child abuse.
  • Commanders and Senior Enlisted Advisors are required to receive a desk-side briefing within 90 days of taking command. 
  • This training must be conducted by a Family Advocacy Program Specialist. 
  • To schedule your unit training or briefing please contact +1(253)967-5901 or e-mail.

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Get the most up-to-date information on what's happening on and around JBLM directly from our installation leadership, directorates and organizations.

Jan 6 10 am - 11 am
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