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Family Advocacy Program

To increase the health and well-being of Air Force families through education and support; thereby maximizing readiness in order to accomplish the Air Force mission.

What is Family Maltreatment?
· Partner Abuse: physical, emotional, neglect or sexual abuse within married and unmarried partner relationships.
· Child Physical Abuse: non-accidental physical injury to a child.
· Child Sexual Abuse: exploitation of a child for gratification of an adult or sibling related to problematic sexual behaviors within children and youth.
· Child Emotional Abuse: a pattern of behavior that attacks emotional development or sense of self-worth.
· Child Neglect: failure to provide a child with the basic necessities of life: food, clothing, shelter, medical care, education and adequate supervision.

Family Maltreatment Program
Provides identification, evaluation and treatment services for active-duty members and their family members referred due to maltreatment (child/spouse abuse).

Services include:
· Assessment of partner and child abuse allegations
· Assess child abuse/neglect issues in conjunction with the State of Montana's Department of Health and Human Services (DPHHS).
· Individual, Family, Couples Therapy
· The Maltreatment Program's function is not punitive, but rather an opportunity for a service member to resolve family issues.

New Parent Support Program
Provide education, support and information to pregnant women and new parents of children up to three years of age. This program is offered to parent(s) with their first child or tenth child. Services are offered beginning in the prenatal period and continue through the babies first three years. The child(ren) can be biological, foster or adopted to qualify for the program.

Services include:
· Parenting Education 0-3 years
· Home Visitations
· Empathy Belly
· Lactation Support and Education
· Growth and Development activities and education
· Birthing education
· Prenatal Orientation
· Single Parenting Issues
· Shaken Baby Awareness & Education
· Purple Crying Awareness & Education
· Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Education
· Lending Library: DVD, VHS, & books for parenting skills, couples communication, etc.

Outreach Program
Provides prevention and support services that will improve knowledge and skills required to strengthen families. Provide education and training about family maltreatment and related laws, regulations, and reporting procedures.

Services include:
· Couples Communication Classes
· Anger Management Classes
· Parenting Classes
· DADS The Basics Class
· Referral to various community resources

Domestic Abuse Victim Advocate (DAVA) Services
· Confidential 24/7 victim advocacy services via designated DAVA phone line (406) 201-5207. Offer restricted reporting (no investigation/unit involvement) to adult victims of abuse who are not in imminent danger
· Accompany victim to court proceedings and medical appointments
· Provide emotional support
· Work directly with the base Victim Witness Assistance Program (VWAP)
· Safety planning
· Referrals to community agencies as necessary

To contact Family Advocacy please call, 406-731-2161.

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