Family Advocacy Program
NATIONAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HOTLINE NUMBER
SAN DIEGO CHILD WELFARE SERVICES CHILD ABUSE HOTLINE
(858) 560-2191 OR (800) 344-6000
24/7 VICTIM ADVOCATE SUPPORT FOR VICTIMS OF INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE
The Family Advocacy Program provides prevention, education, assessment and counseling services related to family violence prevention and intervention. Our mission is to support Marine Corps readiness through prevention and early intervention. The program addresses family violence issues through a Coordinated Community Response to promote safe family relationships and the emotional health of Marines and their families. FAP is here to provide that help. Check us out and see what we can do for you!
Family Violence is very destructive to the family and impairs unit readiness. Counseling services are available to assist families in dealing with intimate partner violence and child abuse. We encourage families to seek help at the earliest signs that abuse and violence are occurring. Advocacy for the welfare and safety of an infant or child is everyone’s business. Our services include individual, couple, family and group counseling.
Family Violence includes Intimate Partner and Child Maltreatment. The Department of Defense defines each as follows:
Intimate Partner Abuse:
Physical violence or a pattern of behavior resulting in emotional/psychological abuse, economic control, and/or interference with personal liberty that is directed toward a person who is:
- a current or former spouse
- a person with whom the abuser shares a child in common; or
- a current or former intimate partner with whom the abuser shares or has shared a common domicile.
Child Maltreatment (abuse or neglect):
The physical, sexual, emotional maltreatment, or neglect of a child by a parent, guardian, foster parent, or by a caregiver, whether the caregiver is intra-familial or extra-familial, under circumstances indicating that the child’s welfare is harmed or threatened. Such acts by a sibling, other family member, or other person shall be deemed to be child maltreatment only when the individual is providing care under express or implied agreement with the parent, guardian, or foster parent.
PREVENTION AND EDUCATION SERVICES
FAP provides a variety of evidenced-based classes and educational resources to individuals, families and Commands. Below are a few of our prevention and education topics:
- Stress and Anger Management
- Family Violence Awareness
- Positive Parenting for Children and Teens
- Married and Loving It
- Our qualified and experienced Prevention & Education Specialist will provide classes and Command briefs on a wide variety of topics. Briefs can be tailored to meet the specific needs of the Command.
NEW PARENT SUPPORT PROGRAM
New Parent Support Program (NPSP) offers a variety of services to support the successful parenting of children from birth to age 5. Home visitation is a major component of the program as well as classes and resources. Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is a service offered by NPSP that promotes positive parent-child interaction and encourages positive child behavior. The age range for PCIT is 2-7.
VICTIM ADVOCACY SERVICES
To speak with a Victim Advocate Mon – Fri, 7:30am – 4:00pm, call (858) 577-7285
Advocates are on-call 24 hours a day at (858) 864-3408.
You are not alone.
If you have been the victim of intimate partner abuse, our Victim Advocates are here for you when you need them. First and foremost, we will assist in developing a personalized safety plan and can help you in making the choices that are right for you. We advocate for your rights and wishes as well as provide emotional support and crisis intervention. We can work as a liaison with commands and provide court and medical accompaniment. We can also offer military and community referrals and assist you with accessing these resources.
1. UNRESTRICTED REPORTING
Victims of intimate partner abuse who want to pursue an official investigation of an incident should use current reporting channels, e.g., chain of command, Family Advocacy Program (FAP), or law enforcement. Upon notification of a reported domestic abuse incident, victim advocacy services and FAP clinical services will be offered to the victim.
2. RESTRICTED REPORTING
Restricted reporting allows an adult victim of intimate partner abuse to disclose the details of his or her abuse to specifically identified individuals and receive medical treatment, victim advocacy services and counseling without requiring that notice be provided to the victim’s or alleged offender’s commander or law enforcement.
Victims of intimate partner abuse who desire restricted reporting under this policy must report the abuse to one of the following specified individuals:
- a victim advocate
- a victim advocate supervisor
- FAP counselor
Additionally, a victim’s disclosure of his or her domestic abuse to persons other than those covered by this policy may result in an investigation of the allegations by law enforcement and clinical intervention from FAP.
DISCLAIMER – There are some exceptions to confidentiality regarding information disclosed in a restricted report. Ask a victim advocate or a FAP counselor about these exceptions.