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U.S. Army Family Advocacy Programs

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, one in three women has been physically abused by an intimate partner, including those in Mississippi. Domestic violence is at the root of many divorces and military divorces are no exception. The Department of the Army's policy is to prevent spouse and child abuse, protect and treat victims of abuse and train personnel to intervene in abuse cases. To accomplish this mission, the U.S. Army Family Advocacy Programs were established.

The New Parent Support Program, Transitional Compensation Program, Exceptional Family Member Program and Victim Advocacy Program are all part of the U.S. Army Family Advocacy Programs (FAP). They were established to provide service members and their families with services aimed at prevention, education, investigation, intervention, treatment of domestic and child abuse. All active soldiers and their families are eligible for FAP services.

The New Parent Support Program helps military families that are expecting or have children up to three years old. NPSP offers services, such as home visits, playgroups and parenting classes. The Transitional Compensation Program is available to spouses and former spouses of an active-duty soldier who has received an administrative separation or court-martial conviction for domestic abuse, child abuse or child sexual abuse. This program offers services, such as commissary and exchange privileges, medical care including behavioral health services and dental care.

The Exceptional Family Member Program, along with other agencies, provides mandatory military benefits including support, housing, education, medical services and personnel services. The Victim Advocacy Program provides support to domestic violence victims with services such as crisis intervention, safety assessment and planning, information on reporting options, coordination of emergency services and assistance in obtaining military and civilian protective orders. FAP services also include seminars and workshops to help prevent military divorce, covering topics including couples' communication skills, conflict resolution and relationship support.

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