Victim Advocacy Program
Victim Advocate services include, but are not limited to:
- Crisis Intervention
- Emergency Shelter
- Safety Planning
- Order of protection
- Liaison between victim and unit/other providers
- Information and referral
- Legal/medical/investigative accompaniment
- Referral to outside agencies
- Transitional Compensations Services
Please contact your Victim Advocate immediately if you have any questions and/or concerns.
- Domestic Violence
What is Domestic Violence?
Domestic violence can be defined as a pattern of behavior in any relationship that is used to gain or maintain power and control over an intimate partner. Abuse is physical, sexual, emotional, economic or psychological actions, or threats of actions that influence another person. This includes any behaviors that frighten, intimidate, terrorize, manipulate, hurt, humiliate, blame, injure, or wound someone. Domestic violence can happen to anyone of any race, age, sexual orientation, religion, or gender. It can happen to couples who are married, living together or who are dating. Domestic violence affects people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels.
Who is affected by Domestic Violence?
Domestic violence occurs in every culture, country, and age group. It affects people from all socioeconomic, educational and religious backgrounds, and takes place in same sex as well as heterosexual relationships. Women with fewer resources or greater perceived vulnerability—girls and those experiencing physical or psychiatric disabilities or living below the poverty line—are at even greater risk for domestic violence and lifetime abuse. Children are also affected by domestic violence, even if they do not witness it directly.
What help is available?
Who Phone Number Website Vicitim Advocate +1(256)955-6904 24/7 Emergency Hotline +1(256)508-6613 Crisis Services of North Alabama +1(256)716-1000 Redstone Police +1(256)876-2222 Behavioral Medicine Division +1(256)876-9085 Post Chaplin +1(256)876-2409 Employee Assistance Program +1(256)876-0748 American Psychiatric Association +1(703)907-7300 National DV Hotline +1(800)799-SAFE www.ndvh.org Natioanl Coalition Against DV +1(303)839-1852 www.ncadv.org National Network to end DV +1(202)543-5566 www.nedv.ord Family Violence Prevention Fund +1(415)252-8900 www.endabuse.org
Signs of Domestic Violence
- Feel afraid of your partner much of the time?
- Avoid certain topics out of fear of angering your partner?
- Feel that you can’t do anything right for your partner?
- Believe that you deserve to be hurt of mistreated?
- Wonder if you’re the one who is crazy?
- Feel emotionally numb or helpless?
Does your partner:
- Have a bad and unpredictable temper?
- Hurt you, or threaten to hurt or kill you?
- Threaten to take your children away or harm them?
- Threaten to commit suicide if you leave?
- Force you to have sex?
- Destroy your belongings?
- Humiliate or yell at you?
- Criticize you and put you down?
- Treat you so badly that you’re embarrassed for your friends or family to see?
- Ignore or put down your opinions or accomplishments?
- Blame you for their own abusive behavior?
- See you as property or a sex object, rather than as a person?
- Act excessively jealous and possessive?
- Control where you go or what you do?
- Keep you from seeing your friends or family?
- Limit your access to money, the phone or the car?
- Constantly check up on you?
If you feel you are a victim of domestic violence please contact your Victim Advocate +1(256)955-6904 or 1+(256)508-6613 or access other resources for assistance. Remember you are not to blame, you are not alone and you need not face domestic violence alone.
Questions to ask yourself:
- Are you ever afraid of your partner?
- Has your partner ever actually hurt or threatened to hurt you physically or someone you care about?
- Does your partner ever force you to engage in sexual activities that make you uncomfortable?
- Do you constantly worry about your partner’s moods and change your behavior to deal with them?
- Does your partner try to control where you go, what you do and who you see?
- Does your partner constantly accuse you of having affairs?
- Have you stopped seeing family or friends to avoid your partner’s jealousy or anger?
- Does your partner control your finances?
- Does he/she threaten to kill him/herself if you leave?
- Does your partner claim his/her temper is out of control due to alcohol, drugs or because he/she had an abusive childhood?
Remember you are not to blame, you are not alone and you need not face domestic violence alone.
- Sexual Assault
What is Sexual Assault?
Sexual assault and abuse is any type of sexual activity that you do not agree to, including:
- Inappropriate tourching
- Vaginal, anal, or oral penetration
- Sexual intercourse that you say no to
- Attempted Rape
- Child molestation
Sexual assault can be verbal, visual, or anything that forces a person to join in unwanted sexual contact or attention. Examples of this are voyeurism (when someone watches private sexual acts), exhibitionism (when someone exposes him/herself in public), incest (sexual contact between family members), and sexual harassment. It can happen in different situations: in the home by someone you know, on a date, or by a stranger in an isolated place.
Rape is a common form of sexual assault. It is committed in many situations — on a date, by a friend or an acquaintance, or when you think you are alone. Educate yourself on "date rape" drugs. They can be slipped into a drink when a victim is not looking. Never leave your drink unattended - no matter where you are. Attackers use date rape drugs to make a person unable to resist assault. These drugs can also cause memory loss so the victim doesn't know what happened.
Rape and sexual assault are never the victim’s fault — no matter where or how it happens
What help is available?
Who Phone Number Website Vicitim Advocate +1(256)955-6904 24/7 Emergency Hotline +1(256)508-6613 Crisis Services of North Alabama +1(256)716-1000 www.csna.org Redstone Police +1(256)876-2222 Behavioral Medicine Division +1(256)876-9085 www.redstone.amedd.army.mil/bmd.html Post Chaplain +1(256)876-2409
Hours of Operation
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|Tuesday||7 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.|
|Wednesday||7 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.|
|Thursday||7 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.|
|Friday||7 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.|
The Victim Advocate program was established in order to provide support for victims of domestic violence and/or sexual assault. The purpose of the program is to enhance personal safety, preserve dignity, provide support, while maintaining autonomy during recovery from incident. Also the program provides a safe and reliable liaison if there is an investigation and case review.