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Family Advocacy Program

The U.S. Army Family Advocacy Program (FAP) helps Soldiers and Families recognize and meet the unique challenges of military lifestyles. Our services include seminars, workshops, counseling, and intervention to help strengthen Army Families, enhance resiliency and relationship skills, and improve quality of life.

We are also dedicated to helping Soldiers and Families with the complex challenges related to domestic abuse, child abuse, and neglect. We focus on prevention, education, prompt reporting, investigation, intervention, and treatment.

If you need help, please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at + 1(800)799-7233. You should also contact your installation’s Family Advocacy Program for more information.

Our additional programs within the Family Advocacy Program help with specific needs:

New Parent Support Program (NPSP): Expecting parents and parents with children ages 0-3 have special challenges, and NPSP has tools to meet them. Programs including home visits and parenting classes help caregivers learn to cope with stress, isolation, deployments, reunions, and the everyday demands of parenthood.


Transitional Compensation (TC) Program for Abused Dependents: Under a congressionally mandated program, abused dependents of military personnel may be eligible for up to three years of benefits and entitlements, including temporary financial compensation, medical care, and commissary and exchange privileges.


Victim Advocacy Program (VAP): Victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse have round-the-clock access to services, including emergency assistance, information, referrals, and ongoing support in accessing medical, behavioral health, legal, and law enforcement services on and off garrisons. Victim Advocates will discuss the option of restricted and unrestricted reports.


Seminars and Workshops

Seminars and workshops are available to you, your unit, or your Family support group. Topics may include:

  • Command and Troop Education
  • Community Awareness
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Couples Communication Skills
  • Stress Management
  • Prevention Programs and Services
  • New Parent Support Program
  • Parent Education
  • Domestic Violence Prevention
  • Victim Advocate Program
  • Relationship Support
  • Safety Education
  • Respite Care Program
  • Emergency Placement Care Program
  • Reporting Procedures


Contact your installation’s Army Community Service (ACS) Family Advocacy Program for more information.


You can also call Military OneSource for more information and referrals.

Community education informs the military community of the extent and nature of spouse and child abuse, and focuses awareness of family violence, how to report it, and available FAP services. The purpose is to promote community support and encourage early referral. Information is disseminated through monthly media contacts, presentations to groups, and participation in all appropriate special military community and unit events, and sponsoring special theme events throughout the year. For parents of children six years old and under who would like to improve their parenting skills, referrals are available to the New Parent Support Program offered by MCAS Yuma.

For more information about Family Advocacy, contact your installation Family Advocacy Program Specialist at Army Community Service, Bldg 309, at (928) 328-3224.


Commander Education - IAW AR 608-18, unit commanders are briefed regarding the FAP to ensure that commanders at all levels are aware of the following: the nature of spouse and child abuse and how to prevent it, FAP policies and procedures, Command responsibilities for identification, reporting, and coordination with the Case Review Committee, information on FAP prevention and treatment services, and mandatory briefing requirements for unit commanders within 45 days prior to or following assumption of command. If you are in need of a commanders briefing please contact FAP Prevention Specialist at 928-328-3224.

Troop education consists of annual education for all soldiers on the family dynamics of spouse and child abuse, availability of prevention and treatment services, and the Army's policies regarding family violence. To schedule troop trainings please contact FAP Prevention Specialist at 928-328-3224.

Professional education provides semi-annual education for professionals /paraprofessionals who work with children to ensure they are aware of the seriousness, causes and effects, and identification and reporting responsibilities of child abuse. This includes those persons working in all areas of Child and Youth Services. To schedule a professional training for your staff please contact FAP Prevention Specialist at 928-328-3224.