Child Abuse Awareness April 2019

Domestic Violence Reporting If you are a victim of or know someone who is in immediate danger of domestic violence, call 911, or (912) 767-3032, for the Installation Victim Advocate 24-hour hotline.

You may also contact the reporting point of contact number at (912) 767-0025 to report domestic violence. You will be prompted to press "1" to report domestic violence. The call will be directed to the IVA 24-hour hotline.

Child Abuse ReportingIf you fear a child is in immediate danger call 911 or the Reporting POC at (912) 767-0025. You will be prompted to press "2" to report child abuse/neglect. The call will be directed to the Military Police Desk.

You also need to call the Local Division of Family and Children Services 1 (800) GACHILD

National Child Abuse Hotline 1 (800) 422-4453

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Child Abuse and Neglect

The Child Welfare Information Gateway describes Child Abuse as, “Any recent act or failure to act on the part of a parent or caretaker which results in death, serious physical or emotional harm, sexual abuse or exploitation; or an act or failure to act which presents an imminent risk of serious harm.” Child Abuse is categorized as follows: physical, emotional, sexual and neglect.

  • Physical abuse is non-accidental physical injury as a result of beating, hitting, slapping, biting, etc. Physical discipline, such as spanking or paddling, is not considered abuse as long as it is reasonable and causes no bodily injury to the child.
  • Neglect is the failure of a parent, guardian, or other caregiver to provide for a child’s basic needs. Examples are failure to provide basic necessities such as food, clothing, basic medical care, egregious lack of age-appropriate supervision (i.e. leaving an infant unattended in a car).
  • Emotional abuse is a pattern of behavior that impairs a child’s emotional development or sense of self-worth. Examples are telling a child her or she is worthless, threatening, withholding love and affection.
  • Sexual abuse includes activities by a parent or caregiver such as fondling a child’s genitals, penetration, incest, rape, sodomy, indecent exposure, and exploitation through prostitution or the production of pornographic materials.

What are the consequences of Child Abuse?

While the physical wounds heal, there are several long-term consequences of experiencing the trauma of abuse or neglect. Abused children often are at risk of experiencing cognitive delays and emotional difficulties, among other issues. Childhood trauma also negatively affects nervous system and immune system development, putting children who have been maltreated at a higher risk for health problems as adults.

What should I do if I suspect child abuse and/or neglect?

OFF POST

You should report your concerns to the appropriate authorities, such as child protective services (CPS 1800-GACHILD) or local law enforcement. CPS has trained professionals who can evaluate the situation and determine whether help and services are needed. Following is a list of on post-off post agencies and contact information:


ON POST

RPOC: 912-767-0025

FAP Clinical MTF: 912-435-6779

How can I help if I don't suspect child abuse, but see a stressed out parent wiht a child?

Child Help states, “We believe the key to preventing child abuse is education and awareness.” A stressed out parent with a small child might benefit from a word of encouragement or offer of assistance. A word of understanding to a parent with a child in the middle of a tantrum can make a big difference. If the stressed out parent is a friend, neighbor or other acquaintance, offer assistance with a few hours of child care or household chores. Share community resources, such as parenting classes, stress and anger management. For military families, call us for advice.

Can I leave my children home alone?

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Help me! What is available?

Fort Stewart/Hunter Army Airfield Family Advocacy Program (FAP) offers a number of resources to assist families with the complexities of raising children.

New Parent Support: For expecting families and children up to 36 months, the New Parent Support Program (NPSP) offers free in-home visits to answer any questions you may have about childbirth and caring for infants and toddlers. In addition to free in-home visits, NPSP offers a variety of classes, including Infant Massage, Baby Basic Training, Play Mornings, Baby Sign and more.

Classes: FAP offers a variety of parenting classes, such as ScreamFree Parenting, Stress and Anger Management, Baby Bootamp for Dads, Before Baby Arrives (new parenting), and Play Morning. FAP also offers Couples Communication, and Relationship classes.

If you have any questions about parenting issues or family problems, please call the FAP at 912-767-2882.

What Resources should I be aware of?

Fort Stewart: (912)767-2882

Hunter Army Airfield: (912)315-6816

FORT STEWART (912)
Army Community Service

Classes & Training: 767-2882
New Parent Support: 767-2882
Victim Advocate 24HR Hotline: 767-3032
Garrison, Sexual Harassment Assault Response Prevention: 767-2882

Installation Resources

Army Substance Abuse Program: 767-5267
Behavioral Health: 767-1647
Chaplain’s Office (Family Life): 767-7028
Social Work Service at Winn Hospital: 435-6779

HUNTER ARMY AIRFIELD (912)
Army Community Service

Classes & Training: 315-6816
New Parent Support: 315-6816
Victim Advocate 24HR Hotline: 767-3032
Garrison, Sexual Harassment Assault Response Prevention: 315-6816

Installation Resources

Army Substance Abuse Program: 315-6430
Behavioral Health: 315-6430
Chaplain’s Office (Family Life): 315-5515
Social Work Service at Tuttle Clinic: 315-5236

Additional Resources

Military One-Source: 800-342-9647
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Rape Crisis Center: 888-241-7273

Tri-County Protective Shelter: 912-368-9200

Helping Army Families to Build Strong Bonds
Welcome to the Family Advocacy Program (FAP) at Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield, offered through Army Community Service.

Our mission is to provide services to support readiness of Soldiers and their Families to promote self-reliance, resiliency, and stability.

We are dedicated to preventing spouse and child abuse through education, prompt reporting, investigation, intervention and treatment.

The Family Advocacy Program provides a variety of services to Soldiers and Families to enhance their relationship skills and improve their quality of life.

DA policy is to prevent spouse and child abuse, to protect those who are victims of abuse, to treat those affected by abuse, and to ensure personnel are professionally trained to intervene in abuse cases. Since many incidents of abuse constitute violations of the law, DA policy also recognizes a commander's authority to take disciplinary or administrative action in appropriate cases.

MOST IMPORTANT among our objectives is the PREVENTION of spouse and child abuse or neglect. We do this by providing or coordinating with a variety of programs and services on and off-post which together do the following:

  • Provide the installation commander staff assistance in addressing the problems of spouse and child abuse.
  • Provide information and education designed to support strong, self-reliant families and enhance coping skills.
  • Provide services to at-risk families who are vulnerable to the kinds of stresses which can lead to abuse.
  • Identify abuse as early as possible in order to strengthen the family and prevent the recurrence of abuse.
  • Encourage voluntary self-referral through education and awareness programs.