For Military Families

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship, find out more about available support and resources. To speak with a Department of Defense Victim Advocate, contact Military OneSource at 1-800-342-9647, or the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).

October marks the observance of domestic abuse as a serious public health issue and raises awareness of its negative impact on individuals, families, the military community, and our nation. During Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), the Department of Defense (DoD) reinforces its commitment to preventing domestic abuse by providing resources that help couples maintain healthy relationships; protecting victims through reporting options that empower them to seek help and find safety; and holding offenders accountable through a coordinated community response. This year's DoD observance of DVAM emphasizes:

  1. The importance of promoting trust and communication in couples as a domestic abuse prevention strategy; and
  2. Helping victims understand their options when it comes to reporting domestic abuse to reduce fear of reporting and promote safety.

Use this page to find resources to help prevent domestic abuse, information about how to get help when abuse has occurred, and promotional materials to help spread the word about this important topic.

Individuals/Couples

Service Providers

Leadership

Military One Source

Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program

Make the Connection - Read the story of how one woman works to overcome her military sexual trauma.

From an early age, Trista knew she wanted to be in the military, and she proudly served in three branches. For a long time, she didn't acknowledge the effects that military sexual trauma was having on her life. After years of not recognizing the emotional effects of her experience, she told a VA counselor about it and changed her life for the better.
Click here then click on Trista to see her story.