The Naval Support Activity (NSA) Annapolis Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) held a Domestic Violence Awareness Month proclamation signing ceremony at the Morale, Welfare, and Recreation pavilion Oct. 5 at NSA Annapolis.
The proclamation highlights the Navy’s role in the community and urges Sailors and family members to increase their efforts in preventing domestic violence and raising awareness.
The event brought together leadership from four Annapolis area commands, including Naval Academy Superintendent Vice Adm. Ted Carter, NSA Annapolis Commanding Officer Capt. Vince Baker, Naval Health Clinic Annapolis Commanding Officer Capt. Michael McGinnis, and Navy Operational Support Center Baltimore Commanding Officer Cmdr. Tasya Lacy.
“Our joint signatures on this proclamation signify a unity of effort bringing awareness to each of our individual commands, the installation, and the Navy community,” said Baker.
According to Galena Kuiper, FFSC clinical and advocacy supervisor, domestic violence is more prevalent in the Navy community than many people realize. People tend to shy away from talking about it, but events like these shine a light on a dark topic, she said.
“Today, we are not necessarily stopping or preventing anything, but rather committing ourselves to raise the level of awareness,” said Carter. ‘Sometimes it is uncomfortable to talk about, but it is essential that we understand the root cause of how these things happen.”
The Family Advocacy Program (FAP) offers an array of services for prevention and case management to aid those impacted by domestic violence.
“Prevention is our goal,” said Kuiper. “However, when something happens, we are also here to help the family by providing counseling and support.”
FAP representatives are located at FFSCs Navy-wide. The FAP investigates each report and performs actions to safeguard victims and provide supportive services. FAP also provides the option to make a restricted report, allowing the victim to receive supportive services without disclosure to the command or law enforcement.
Anyone who suspects domestic violence may file a report by contacting their installation's FFSC. Support is also available through the Domestic Abuse Hotline at (800)-799-SAFE.