Family Advocacy Program
525 Farragut Avenue, Suite 300
Great Lakes, IL 60088
Phone 847-688-3603 ext. 110 / 847-688-3604 ext. 110 / 888-231-0714 ext. 110
Phone (DSN) 792-3603
Fax (DSN) 792-3211
General Program Description
The Family Advocacy Program is the congressionally designated program responsible for the prevention of, and response to, child abuse and neglect and domestic abuse/intimate partner violence in military families. The Family Advocacy Program works in collaboration with military and civilian medical providers, social service agencies, law enforcement, legal personnel, chaplains, and child and youth programs to provide a coordinated community response. The goal of the Family Advocacy Program is to promote the prevention, early identification, reporting and treatment of child and spouse abuse.
Program services vary by installation and generally include the following:
Prevention, Education and Outreach
Family Advocacy Program prevention, education and outreach services vary by installation and may be offered in coordination with military or civilian partners. Contact your installation Military and Family Support Center or Family Advocacy Program for local listings. Sample services include the following:
To learn more about the signs of abuse, steps that can be taken to prevent or stop it and more, connect with Military OneSource.
Child Abuse and Neglect and Domestic Abuse Information and Reporting
Child abuse and neglect: If you have concerns about a child's welfare or safety, whether at home or in the care of a Department of Defense child or youth program, contact the following for assistance:
Call 911 or law enforcement if you witness abuse or neglect or a child is in imminent danger.
Domestic abuse: If you or someone you care about needs help, confidential assistance is available. Please contact the following for information, support and services:
Call 911 or law enforcement if you witness domestic abuse or someone is in immediate danger.
Domestic Abuse Reporting Options
Restricted report: Domestic abuse victims may request a restricted report, which allows for confidential medical care, counseling, advocacy and support services, such as safety planning and legal assistance, without command notification or a law enforcement investigation. You must contact a military health care provider, domestic abuse victim advocate, or Family Advocacy Program professional to request the restricted reporting option.
Unrestricted report: If a domestic abuse victim requests an unrestricted report, the sponsor's commander is promptly notified, law enforcement is involved and administrative action against the offender may be taken. The victim remains eligible for all victim advocacy services, including safety planning, legal assistance and specialized support. Contact military law enforcement or the Family Advocacy Program to make an unrestricted report. In an emergency, call 911.
Family Advocacy Program services are available to service members and family members eligible for care in a military treatment facility. Intimate partners and others may qualify for limited support and referrals as appropriate. Contact your installation Family Advocacy Program for details.
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