Marine Col. Robert L. Wiser, the commanding officer of Henderson Hall, congratulates the winners of the fourth annual Domestic Violence Prevention Month flag football game Friday.

Flag football brings awareness to domestic violence

On Friday, the Marines of Henderson Hall participated in the fourth annual Domestic Violence Prevention Month flag football game hosted by Marine and Family Programs.

For many it is not clear how flag football relates to domestic violence. Marine and Family Programs used this event in a way that would make sense — flag football.

This event included up to four teams of Marines of all ranks. As each team competed against one another, the winning team played in the championship to win the trophy and hold it until next year’s game.

The program believes flag football can relate to relationships — communication, team work and respect just to name a few.

“Strong clear communication is needed in order to win the game or succeed at the mission, said Marine Col. Robert Wiser, the commanding officer of Henderson Hall. “The same goes for healthy relationships learning to really listen to your partner, sharing both positive and negative feelings in a constructive way can help keep the environment be open and honest and communication flowing freely couples who communicate well are better able to their accomplish mission ensuring needs are met in a relationship.”

Marines and civilians in attendance walked away with an understanding and clearer view of how the sport correlated with the cause.

“Every team needs a good coach to succeed and we can’t always handle every situation on our own,” said Wiser, “knowing where to go is the key to success.”

The winning team was the Motor Transportation and Operations office.

If an individual is aware of someone who is being abused and in immediate danger call 911. For assistance or additional resources, please contact the installation Family Advocacy Program by calling (703) 696-3510, Military OneSource at (800) 342-9647 or the National Domestic Violence Hotline at (800) 799-7233.

By Marisol Rivera

Henderson Hall Public Affairs Office