25th ID unit learns how to prevent, combat domestic violence

| June 25, 2010 | 0 Comments

Spc. Mahlet Tesfaye
25th Infantry Division Public Affairs

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Soldiers from Headquarters Support Company, 25th Infantry Division, received domestic violence prevention training from Army Community Service, June 9, at Wheeler Army Airfield. 

“One of the reasons we had the training was to let the Soldiers know about the Family Advocacy Program and its benefits. We wanted them to know some of the ways the program can help them cope with issues like anger management and stress,” said Capt. Richard Gibson, commander, HSC, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 25th ID.

Soldiers learned about the types of domestic violence, the causes of domestic violence, how to identify the signs of domestic violence, and how to prevent it from happening.

“I see more incidents of domestic violence in the Army today than I’ve seen throughout my career,” Gibson said. “I think part of the reason is dealing with the stress of multiple deployments in a short period of time.”

During the training, Soldiers pointed to financial problems, lack of communication, multiple deployments and the lack of anger management as some of the factors that can lead to domestic violence. 

According to Gina Peirce, a social worker with FAP, FAP’s mission is to reduce family violence within the Army, as well as to educate Soldiers, family members and professionals in the community about life skills, recognizing abuse, and reporting procedures. 

“FAP teaches life skill classes to Soldiers and family members such as stress management, anger awareness, conflict resolution, relaxation and communication skills — all things that, if not managed, could potentially be risk factors to family violence,” Peirce said. “All the life skill classes are meant to strengthen families and bolster units so they can cope well with stress and multiple deployments.” 

ACS works closely with units to teach Soldiers and prevent the different forms of domestic violence, such as physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse and neglect.

“Today’s training is the beginning in educating Soldiers about the growing issue of domestic violence in the unit. In the future, we are going to bring guest speakers from the Family Advocacy Program to our family readiness group meetings to make sure family members also are getting the information,” Gibson said. 

“Nobody has to be in a domestic violence situation. ACS has so many resources for Soldiers and families, and we are here for those who need to get out of violent situations,” Peirce said. 

The company also plans to have the staff judge advocate speak on the legal consequences of domestic violence, according to Gibson.

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