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    Domestic Violence Prevention Month Kicks Off for U.S. Military Community in Singapore

    Domestic Violence Prevention Month Kicks Off for U.S. Military Community in Singapore

    Photo By Petty Officer 2nd Class Christopher Veloicaza | SINGAPORE (Oct. 1, 2018) - Captain Daniel D. Moore, commanding officer, Singapore Area...... read more read more

    UNITED STATES

    10.01.2018

    Story by Christopher Veloicaza 

    Singapore Area Coordinator

    The Singapore Area Coordinator (SAC) leadership, military service members and their families along with DoD civilians and allied service members gathered to kick off Domestic Violence Prevention Month at the Café Lah Community Center, Oct. 1.

    The 2018 Domestic Violence Prevention Month campaign, “Know the Signs,” is designed to help service members, military spouses and intimate partners build, maintain or strengthen their relationship and prevent domestic abuse, according to the Military One Source website. For Dulcy Stout, (LCSW, MA) the Fleet and Family Support Office (FFSO) Clinical Counselor/Advocate, this year’s campaign relies on increasing knowledge and advocacy efforts.

    “The first step in preventing domestic violence is to recognize the signs of an abusive relationship,” Stout said. “Without this knowledge, victims may second guess themselves when choosing to seek help. It is important to raise awareness within the larger community so individuals can advocate against domestic abuse and provide support to family members or friends who are in abusive relationships.”

    During the kickoff event, Rear Admiral Joey Tynch, Commander, Logistics Group Western Pacific (COMLOG WESPTPAC) and Captain Daniel Moore, the SAC Commanding Officer, addressed attendees and thanked them for showing support for the month-long campaign. For Moore, the intent is to be proactive and get ahead of domestic violence and abuse issues as a team.

    “It’s important for us as we’re one community and one Navy family and that extends broader to our partners and allies,” Moore said. “Every human being deserves to be treated with respect and dignity and domestic violence is counter to that. Even more so, it interferes with our mission and our readiness.”

    Meanwhile, according to Stout, the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) changed Domestic Violence Awareness Month to Domestic Violence Prevention Month in 2018 to convey the message that we are moving beyond awareness to action.

    “Every couple faces relationship problems at some point,” Stout said. “Working through problems in a healthy way can strengthen the relationship. Healthy relationships take time, effort, and sometimes the outside help of professionals and concerned friends, to develop. They also require motivation, commitment and ongoing work by both partners.”

    The FFSO offers counseling for individuals and couples free of charge for uniform service members, DoD civilian employees, and family members. If an individual is in an abusive relationship, he or she can find support and assistance at the FFSO's Family Advocacy Program. Restricted reports of domestic abuse are possible in some situations. Exposure to domestic violence impacts children, especially infants, with potential long-term health, social, cognitive, emotional, and behavioral consequences. Support and resources are also available at the National Domestic Violence Hotline at www.thehotline.org.

    Throughout the month of October, the SAC FFSO will host the following events:

    October 9, 16, 23, 30 - Positive Discipline
    October 11, 18, 25 - The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work
    October 17 - Stepping Stones, story time for children ages 3-5
    October 26 - Date Night
    November 1 - In collaboration with NCIS, The Newlywed Game at Terror Club

    For more information about these events, contact Dulcy Stout at 6750-2319 or email her at dulcy.stout@fe.navy.mil

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    Date Taken: 10.01.2018
    Date Posted: 10.03.2018 21:51
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