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Resources available to victims of domestic violence

TINIKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. -- As an effort to enhance mission intervention readiness, the Family Advocacy Program's Domestic Abuse Victim Advocate is providing weekly group meetings for victims of domestic violence.

Victim Support Groups are gender specific and are available weekly on Thursdays starting today for females from 1 to 2 p.m. and males from 3 to 4 p.m. The groups meet in the Family Advocacy office in Bldg. 1094 at 7050 Air Depot Blvd.

It is vitally important to assist victims of domestic abuse, as well as survivors of domestic abuse, in order to break the cycle of abuse. While there are many factors that impact combat readiness, the maintenance of healthy relationships is essential to mission effectiveness.

The Family Advocacy Program has a large menu of groups and programs designed to enhance families. All active duty members, civilians and contractors affiliated with Tinker Air Force Base are encouraged to explore and use the services offered. DAVA services are one of the many resources available to strengthen families and prevent domestic abuse.

Healthy communication without violence serves as the foundation for any healthy relationship. Family Advocacy, and the DAVA in particular, are available to help foster healthy successful relationships.

For victims of domestic abuse, the DAVA provides safety planning, (such as notification to Family Advocacy officer, law enforcement and command if imminent risk of serious harm or death is established); advises victims of their reporting options and the military and civil actions available to promote safety; offers victims information regarding their identified needs; provides follow-up services to each victim; advocates for victim's safety and that of their children; accompanies victims to appointments or court proceedings upon request; and assists the victim in connecting with other base and community resources.

The DAVA hotline -- 415-0599 -- is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week year-round. Those in need of assistance are encouraged to call.