Story by PO1 Jeffrey Troutman on 10/02/2017A proclamation signing ceremony was held on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, recognizing October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Oct. 2.
According to the proclamation, Domestic Violence Awareness Month is intended to inform and engage the local military community about preventing domestic violence throughout the Navy.
Capt. James Jenks, the Chief of Staff for Commander, Navy Region Hawaii, and Cmdr. Corey Hurd, the Chief Staff Officer for Commander, Navy Region Hawaii, were present to sign the proclamation and give remarks to those in attendance.
"As a community, we must speak out and become a part of the solution to stop the cycle of violence and end domestic violence," said. Jenks. "Today, we renew our commitment to educating our community, in an effort to break the cycle of violence. October is our month to recognize the victims who are living with, who have persevered through or tragically lost their lives to domestic violence, and we achieve this through increased community involvement and awareness."
During the event, a moment of silence was observed for both victims and survivors of domestic violence, accentuated with a ceremonial ship's bell tolling in honor of those who have lost their lives to domestic violence.
"Your presence here today is an indication of your willingness to get involved, and to help reduce the incidence of abuse in our community," said Kimika Louis, a Family Advocacy Program (FAP) Victim Advocate. "If you know someone who is in a potentially abusive relationship, know that there are resources available right here in this community, via your FAP Victim Advocates, who are available to assist you in confidentiality."
Cmdr. Hurd spoke of the importance of combating domestic violence as a community in his remarks at the event.
"As a community, we must model an example for our youth to promote healthy and safe relationships and families, because safe and healthy families are the center of a healthy community," said. Hurd. "Educating our community on the core values of healthy and safe relationships serves to foster respect, trust, honesty, commitment and courage throughout our Navy communities."
The Navy's Family Advocacy Program has been available since 1992 providing aid in prevention and case management. It helps both the perpetrators of domestic violence and the victims.
FAP representatives are located at Fleet and Family Support Centers (FFSC). The FAP investigates each report and performs actions to safeguard victims and provide supportive services. There is an option to make a restricted report through the Domestic Assault Victim Advocate, in which they receive services but is not a formal FAP.
Anyone who suspects domestic violence may file a report by contacting their installation's FFSC. Supplementary support is also available through the Domestic Abuse Hotline at (800)-799-SAFE.
For more information about where to go for assistance, individuals may call the National Domestic Violence hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE or visit http://www.thehotline.org/.