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COMMUNITY CORNER – Ending cycle of domestic violence

By Col. John D. Lawrence | GARRISON COMMANDER | October 13, 2017

     Domestic violence can have devastat­ing consequences — everyone loses in abusive and neglectful households. Sometimes the cycle descends through the generations, from parents to children. Sometimes it’s a result of more stress than a family can handle alone. But the cycle can be broken and the pat­tern of life can change.

     October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a time to bring attention to this issue that undermines Army values. The Army’s goal is to highlight that domestic violence is never OK and resources are available for families to develop life skills to maintain positive relationships.

     Whether you are the victim, transgressor or just know about someone else’s situation, knowing what to do may be difficult, confusing or embarrassing. The goal of this awareness month is to let people know it’s OK to seek help and to understand that abuse — emotional, economic, sexual and physical — can happen to anyone regardless of age, gender or economic status. Safety of our Army team, including our families, is essential. If there’s an emergency, call 911; otherwise, choose one of the following:

 

FORT RILEY FAMILY ADVOCACY PROGRAM

7264 Normandy Drive

785-239-9435

www.riley.army.mil/Ser­vices/Family-Services/Army-Community-Service

 

FORT RILEY RELIGIOUS SUPPORT OFFICE

Confidential

Chap. (Maj.) Kent Coffey

785-239-3436

kent.s.coffey.mil@mail.mil

 

MILITARY ONESOURCE

www.militaryonesource.mil

800-342-9647

 

NATIONAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HOTLINE

800-799-7233

www.thehotline.org

 

     It’s not easy to report an abusive situation, but becom­ing educated about the choices available helps.

     If you’re afraid you’ll lose control, reach out for help before you hurt someone you love. If you’ve already hurt them, don’t wait for your chain of command to discover it or for the situation to escalate. Get help now.

     We need to take care of each other, on and off duty — at work and at home — not just during Domestic Violence Awareness Month, but every day of the year.

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