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Last Updated: Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Domestic violence remains a significant problem and many victims suffer in silence.

Domestic violence remains a significant problem and many victims suffer in silence. National estimates indicate that one in every four women and one in every seven men will experience a serious incident of domestic violence in their lifetime. Battering and abusive behavior is universal and involves victims and offenders across all socio-economic statuses, race, religions, sexual orientations, and military ranks. 

Throughout the month, the Belvoir FAP and military and civilian partners, offer programs and activities to increase awareness of domestic violence, recognize current and past domestic violence victims, and help families have healthy, non-violent relationships.

Wednesdays in October are Wear Purple Wednesday. The color is used nationally to symbolize awareness of domestic violence and show support for victims and survivors. Purple ribbons can also be used to symbolize zero tolerance for domestic violence.

The military edition of The 5 Love Languages is Wednesdays through Nov. 8, from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., at the Family Life Center, Bldg. 1186. This 6-week class is a collaboration between the Family Life Chaplain and ACS’ Family Advocacy Program. Military couples will learn language styles that increase meaningful communication and strengthen marital bonds.

Effective Coping Strategies, 1-3 p.m., Oct. 5, ACS. Class participants will examine anger and conflict-resolution skills.

Leader training breakfast is 8-10 a.m. Oct. 12 at ACS. This key personnel training, for E-7 and above, counts as mandatory, annual FAP training.

A two-hour Self-Defense class, is 6-8 p.m. Oct. 26, ACS. Participants learn self-defense techniques that can be used for protection during violent encounters. For parents and their children 12 and older, with dinner, limited childcare available.

For information contact Janice Rand at Family Advocacy, 703-805-3980.

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