2013-10-18 / Front Page

ACS provides support to domestic violence victims

By Bonnie Heater
Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office

In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness month Fort Gordon Army Community Service is hosting several programs.

The first is a self-defense training class offered 5 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Family Outreach Center on post. The class is free of charge to all Fort Gordon affiliated personnel.

Another program is for victims of violence or sexual assault. “Better Choices, is designed to help individuals reconcile previous choices and create a path for more empowered future choices,” Veeola Peters said, the Fort Gordon domestic violence victim advocate. The free workshop is scheduled 1 to 5 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Family Outreach Center and is open to all Fort Gordon military affiliated personnel.

“For the rest of the month we will be distributing information about the Army Family advocacy program and information about our victim advocacy services,” said Frances Marshall, a family advocacy prevention specialist with the Fort Gordon ACS office.

There are many programs presented by ACS to help individuals learn about conflict resolution and stress management. “We also offer safe planning guidance for individuals who need assistance getting away from an abusive spouse or intimate partner through our victim advocate program,” said Betty Ward, a domestic violence victim advocate.

For more information about workshops, classes and services offered by ACS, call 791-3579 or visit ACS, Darling Hall, Room 224.

Possible signs of abuse:

• Threatens to hurt you, the children or pets
• Destroy your property or things you care
• Limits your access to money, the phone
or the car
• Withholds your military dependent ID
• Controls where you go or what you do
• Keeps you from seeing your friends or
• Hurts you (by hitting, beating, pushing, shoving, punching, slapping, kicking or
• Forces you to have sex against your will
• Monitors what you’re doing all the time
• Gets very angry during and after drinking
alcohol or using drugs
• Prevents or discourages you from going
to work or school
• Blames you for his or her violent outbursts

Sources of Assistance:

• Fort Gordon Army Family Advocacy Program, Room 224,
Darling Hall, (706) 791-7867
• Department of Emergency Service (Military Police),
(706) 791-4380; available 24/7
• Safe Homes of Augusta, 904 Merry Street, Augusta,
(706) 736-2499; website: safehomedv.org
• Cumbee Center, 135 Lancaster St. SW, Aiken, S.C.,
(803) 649-0480; website: cumbeecenter.org
• National Domestic Violence Hotline, 1-800-799-SAFE,
available 24/7; website: NDVH.org
• Military One Source, CONUS 1-800-34209647; OCONUS
00-800-3429-6477; www.myarmyonesource.com; available

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