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    Area IV Paints Community Purple

    DAEGU, 27, SOUTH KOREA

    10.19.2019

    Story by Sgt. 1st Class Robert Frazier 

    AFN Daegu

    CAMP WALKER, South Korea – Soldiers, civilians and family members used brush strokes to send a clear message that domestic violence has no place in Area IV or the military, as a whole, during the annual ‘Paint the Community Purple’ domestic violence awareness event Oct. 20.

    “Domestic violence is a real problem in our society, and I’m not talking about just the military,” said Marie Newbold, the domestic abuse victim advocate for Area IV and co-lead for the event. “It’s important for us to come together to raise awareness in this community and to show those who may be silent that we’re here to support you.”

    Newbold, who is one of two domestic victim advocates for Area IV, admitted that she has a lot of empathy for victims because she has experienced first-hand what domestic violence can do to a family.

    “Been there. Done that,” said Newbold as she humbly added, “I’ve been to the depths where I couldn’t cry, sleep or eat, and the only thing I wanted to do was die. I may not have your story, but I understand your pain.”

    Last month, multiple news sources reported that military spouses and partners who survived domestic abuse spoke to the House Armed Services Military Preparedness Subcommittee about violence being a ‘forgotten cause’ in the military community.

    That, however, is not the case in Area IV.

    “I didn’t pay much attention to it when I was serving, but now I see it more often since I retired,” said Mark Hagelin, who spent 20 years in the Air Force and now serves as the family advocacy specialist and exceptional family member program coordinator for Area IV.

    “[The effect of domestic violence is] shocking, saddening and hurtful across our community,” said Hagelin. “We simply can’t have it. We have to make sure there’s a team effort to eliminate it because this is everyone’s responsibility.”

    Hagelin acknowledged that at one time, USAG Daegu had the highest reported domestic violence numbers across the Army. The Garrison no longer holds that distinction.

    He added that the initiatives fostered by his predecessor, combined with a focused effort by leadership and the impact of a close-knit community, turned the tide. He encouraged others to help champion the cause.

    “You see it. You report it,” he added. “It’s not about ending careers. It’s about ending the violence.”

    Fear of reprisal for military members is well-voiced by victims. Many state that there are concerns that reporting a service member will result in loss of pay and benefits for the family unit. Instead of reporting the problem, victims suffer in silence.

    One of the purposes of Domestic Violence Awareness Month is to reinforce that silence is not the answer.

    “We have so many resources available to help our Families, and it’s important that we raise awareness about those resources through events like this,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Alan Cline, USAG Deagu’s senior enlisted Soldier.

    Cline added that scars from emotional abuse or issues with finances are hard to see. He hoped that people who may be staying silent, or their friends who may have knowledge of abuse, will speak up so those being affected can get the help they need.

    USAG Daegu currently offers multiple resources including marriage, family and life counseling, substance abuse, financial management and anger management to help individuals recognize the root of problems. The goal of these support services is to identify and address issues before they begin to impact the family and personal relationship dynamic.

    For many people, domestic violence may often be seen as an issue encountered by only adults, however, statistics reflect otherwise.

    According to the National Domestic Violence Hotline (citing the Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence), in 2018, “One in 10 high school students had experienced physical violence from a dating partner in the past year.”

    This year, the Community Activity Center allowed teenagers to be part of the “Paint the Community Purple” event – a decision that prompted several parents to bring their high school students.

    Patricia Turner, a Department of the Army Civilian spouse, was invited by a friend and brought her daughter Kylie.

    “You always think about what you want for your children and to know there is help here and a place to go if she needs it is a big step,” said Turner. “You hope your child never needs that help, but it’s comforting as a parent to know that assistance is here if needed.”

    Paula Snyder, who brought her son, said her family has only been in Area IV for a couple months, but acknowledged that her initial impression of Daegu is that it is a family-focused community.

    Snyder added that events like this help to generate awareness for people who may not be directly impacted by domestic violence.

    “You don’t hear about it in the home if it doesn’t happen there,” admitted Snyder. “Events like this encourage that discussion to happen in those homes and reinforce to our children that whether they’re male or female they have to show respect for each other.”

    As a survivor and a mother of four, Newbold said parents must have the tough conversations with their kids.

    “You have to be a prime example and talk to [your children] about real-life situations,” added Newbold. “Make sure they know there are agencies to help because there may be a time where mom and dad might not be there.”

    Newbold added that individuals who would like help, or those who want to serve as an advocate for someone who is suffering in silence, can call the USAG Daegu and Area IV 24-hour Domestic Violence Hotline number at DSN 764-5997 or by cell phone at 050-3364-5997, and select option four.

    Personnel can also visit the Soldier Support Center on Camp Walker, Military One Source or learn more through the National Domestic Violence Hotline at www.TheHotline.org.

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    Date Taken: 10.19.2019
    Date Posted: 10.21.2019 01:50
    Story ID: 348376
    Location: DAEGU, 27, KR 

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