Victim Advocate Program
- Family Advocacy Victim Advocate Program
The Family Advocacy Victim Advocate Program provides emergency and follow-up support to adult victims of domestic abuse. Domestic abuse includes physical, emotional and sexual abuse between individuals who are/were married, live(d) together, or share a child in common. Advocacy services are available to services members, military spouses, ex-spouses, retirees, and individuals who share a child or domicile with a service member. Advocacy services are available 24/7. Advocates may be reached at (270)412-5500 during duty hours (M-F 0730-1630). After duty hours an advocate may be reached through the Victim Advocate Hotline: (931) 980-5787.
Advocacy services include crisis response, information on reporting options, safety planning, assistance with obtaining protective orders, and accompaniment to medical forensic exams as well as court proceedings. Whether you need to relocate for safety reasons or want to stay and work on your marriage, an Advocate is available to help. Advocates also work closely with their civilian counter-parts and provide a “warm-hand-off” for victims who do not qualify for on-going advocacy services within the military community.
- Reporting Options
The Army is fully committed to ensuring victims of domestic abuse are protected; treated with dignity and respect; and provided support, advocacy and care. The Army strongly supports effective command awareness and prevention programs, and holding offenders accountable. While Army policy prefers personnel report all suspected cases of domestic abuse promptly to activate victim services and accountability actions, the requirement for all domestic abuse incidents to be reported can represent a barrier for victims who might require medical attention and victim services without command or a law enforcement response. Therefore the Army has implemented a Restricted Reporting Option for individuals to confidentially disclose allegations of abuse and receive needed medical treatment and services.
- Restricted Reporting
Allows someone who meets FAP criteria and who is experiencing violence in their relationship to confidentially disclose the abuse to a Victim Advocate, a Victim Advocate Supervisor, or a Healthcare Provider. When an individual chooses a restricted report, law enforcement is not involved and there is no investigation of the abuse. In addition, the Soldier’s Command is not notified of the abuse and is unable to offer assistance and protection.
The restricted reporting option allows an individual to receive medical treatment, advocacy services, clinical and pastoral counseling. This option allows one to receive needed services, control the release of their personal information, and time to consider their options.
Under this reporting option, the offender is not held accountable and the abuse may continue. If an assessment reveals a high risk for future injury a restricted report may not be granted. If Command or Fort Campbell Police learn about the abuse the report may become unrestricted.
*In Kentucky, all healthcare providers are required to report incidents of domestic abuse to law enforcement officials. This includes all medical/dental facilities on the Kentucky side of Fort Campbell.
- Unrestricted Reporting
Victims of domestic abuse who want to pursue an official investigation of an incident should report the abuse to law enforcement, or the alleged offender’s Commander. The unrestricted reporting option provides a victim with the widest array of services available including but not limited to command involvement, law enforcement involvement, medical treatment, advocacy services, and counseling services.
Not all incidents of domestic abuse are the same and each person who experiences domestic abuse handles their situation differently. For more information, please contact a victim advocate at +1 (270)412-5500 or the Department of Social Work at +1 (270)798-8601.
- Command Response
Domestic abuse is a command driven program and Commanders play an integral part in ensuring the safety, health and well-being of our Army Families. Commanders who learn of an incident of domestic abuse are required to notify law enforcement. At Fort Campbell, Commanders are Additionally, Command Policy 7 is available for Commanders to refer to when alleged incidents of abuse occur.
Tools to assist commanders respond to incidents of domestic abuse include:
- Command Policy Letter 7
- Military Protective Orders
- Emergency Relocation
- Transitional Compensation
Agencies incumbent of assisting commanders effect a coordinated community response on Fort Campbell include:
- Fort Campbell Military Police
- Office of the Staff Judge Advocate/Judge Advocate General
- Department of Social Work
- Family Advocacy Victim Advocate Program
- Inspector General’s Office
- Healthcare Response
Healthcare Professionals on Fort Campbell are a part of the Department of the Army’s Domestic Abuse Restricted Reporting Option. When a Healthcare provider believes that an individual is in a violent or abusive relationship, their response is to contact the Department of Social Work who will provide services and coordinate follow up care.
Please contact the Blanchfield Army Community Hospital’s Department of Social Work at +1 (270)798-8601 for more information.
- Victim's Rights
- The right to be treated with fairness and with respect for your dignity and privacy
- The right to be reasonably protected from the accused offender.
- The right to be notified of court proceedings.
- The right to present at all public court proceedings related to the offense, unless the court determines that your testimony would be materially affected if you as the victim heard other testimony at trial.
- The right to confer with the attorney for the government in the case; The right to available restitution The right to information about the conviction, sentencing, imprisonment, and release of the offender.
- Law Enforcement
Emergencies Dial 911
- Fort Campbell Military Police - 123 Forrest Rd.
- Fort Campbell Military Police Investigations- 2745 Kentucky Ave.
- Hopkinsville Police Department
- Oak Grove Police Department
- Christian County Sheriff’s Office
- Fort Campbell Military Police - 123 Forrest Rd.
- Safety Planning
A violent relationship puts you and your children at risk for injury and even death. Developing a safety plan tailored to meet the needs of your family will enable you get out of a potentially dangerous situation. If your children are old enough, mature enough or even responsible enough to assist you during a violent or potentially violent episode of domestic abuse, you may consider including them in your plan to keep everyone safe. A good safety plan considers which steps to take if you choose to stay in the relationship or if you choose to leave.
Here are some tips during the explosive phase:
- Move to a room with easy access to an exit. Don't go to the kitchen, bathroom or near possible weapons.
- Know the quickest route out of your home. Practice escaping that way.
- Know the quickest route out of your workplace. Practice escaping that way. Domestic Violence does not just occur in your home.
- Pack a bag and have it ready. Keep it hidden but make it easy to grab quickly.
- Tell your neighbors about your abuse and ask them to call the police when they hear a disturbance.
- Have a code word to use with your kids, family and friends. They will know to call the police and get you help.
- Know where you are going to go, if you ever have to leave.
- Use your instincts.
- You have the right to protect yourself and your children.
- Protection Orders
Military Protection Orders
Unit Commanders may issue a Military Protective Order (MPO) to ensure the safety of service members, Family members, and other individuals from the threat of domestic violence. Military Protection Orders (MPO) is a written lawful order issued by a commander that orders a Soldier to avoid contact with his or her spouse or children. Command must, within 24 hours, provide a written copy of the MOP to the protected person, Fort Campbell Military Police, BACH FAP, and ACS FAP. An individual should report violations of the MPO to law enforcement.
Civilian Protection Orders
A Civilian Order of Protection is an order signed by a Judge that directs an individual to stop abusing, stalking, harassing and/or committing acts of sexual violence against an individual. An individual may file a CPO against current or former spouse, someone that an individual shares a child in common, an individual with whom you have shared a residence with, someone related to you by blood or marriage or someone with whom you have dated or had intimate relations with.
Where to Obtain Civilian Orders of Protection:
Hopkinsville, Christian County
100 Justice Way, Hopkinsville, KY
Available 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee
120 Franklin St. Clarksville, TN 37040
Montgomery County Court
2 Millennium Way (North 2nd Street), Clarksville, TN
Dover, Stewart County
Stewart County Courthouse
225 Donelson Parkway, Dover, TN 37058
- Local and State Resources
For Local Resources please review the Victims Advocacy Program Resource Guide
- National Resources
- United States Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women
- National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence
- Stalking Resource Center
- Statewide directory for laws, courts, emergency shelters, orders of protection
- Battered Women's Justice Project
- Family Violence Prevention and Services
- Women's Justice Center– Also is Spanish
- Mind, Body, Spirit Empowered - Materials translated into many languages
- Marriage and Equality – Materials translated into many languages