SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany – National Domestic Violence Awareness Month started at the beginning of October. DVAM is a time to educate members of Saber Nation about the Family Advocacy Program services and other community resources that are place to prevent, raise awareness of community responsibility, and inform the community of the many ways to report domestic abuse.
Domestic violence awareness started in the 1970s when it was first considered a social problem of epidemic proportions. In 1981, the “Day of Unity” was created with the intent to end violence against women and children. The “Day of Unity” became a full week observe and in 1987 the first DVAM was observed.
The Uniform Code of Military Justice defines domestic violence as a criminal offense that involves the use of violence against a person within the family environment.
The goal of the month is the prevention of violence having people recognize red flags before a violent action happens, said Amanda J. Clark-Andrejkovics, Family Advocacy Outreach Manager at Spangdahlem Air Base Family Advocacy office.
During October, the Spangdahlem Family Advocacy Office is planning several events to increase awareness of domestic abuse.
Below are some ways to recognize and prevent domestic violence from happening in your home:
Make rules in your house that violence will not be tolerated.
Resolve conflicts by talking problems out.
Take the time to calm down.
Always be aware your children learn from what they hear, see and experience.
Don’t be afraid to get the help for you and your partner are having difficulties with conflict resolution.
Even though October is Domestic Violence Awareness month, domestic violence can happen to anyone at any time, and everyone is part of the solution to try and stop it from happening. If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, or would like to receive more information, please call the Spangdahlem Family Advocacy Program at DSN 452-8279 or commercially at 0656561-8279 to get the help that is needed.