Every October, the Fort Bragg Family Advocacy Program highlights domestic violence to make our community aware. Anyone can be a victim of domestic violence.

Domestic violence has the potential to end Army careers and in some cases lives. No one deserves abuse whether it be verbal, physical, emotional or sexual in nature.

Domestic violence undermines the Army’s core values. It is not a “he or she” problem, it is a problem that affects the entire community. Let’s all make a commitment to build healthy and strong relationships.

This October there are many great opportunities to stand up, step out, and support Domestic Violence Awareness Month events.

The Army Community Service Family Advocacy Program sponsors several events throughout the month.

These events provide an opportunity to build healthy relationships. From a leadership stand point or a couple’s stand point, there is something for everyone. Take a minute to look at the activities scheduled and join others to commit to respect.

Fort Bragg victim advocates will be available to answer questions or address concerns.

Get educated

Pay Day Information Tables (North and South Post commissaries).

Information tables regarding domestic violence will be located at the North and South Post commissaries on Oct. 15, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Staff will be present to answer questions and provided resources when needed.

Month of Unity

Purple is the color that represents Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Please wear purple on Fridays during the month of October to show unity in the stand against all forms of domestic violence.

Army Community Service Workshops offered in the month of October.

Couples Communication: Oct. 21, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Army Community Service (3rd floor, Soldier Support Center).

Learn to communicate more affectively by avoiding destructive patterns that prevent you from building and maintaining a healthy, loving, and compassionate relationship. Participants will learn how to use constructive problem solving methods, rather than playing the “Blame Game”.

Anger Management Workshops: Oct. 20, from 9 a.m. to noon, (3rd floor of the Soldier Support Center).

Participants will leave with the skills necessary to help evaluate, understand, and control their anger. Don’t be held hostage by your emotions anymore; take control of them.

Scream Free Marriage (2 day workshop)

This workshop helps marriages stand the test of time by learning how to handle conflict constructively. Provided on Nov. 24 and 25. Offered quarterly.

For more information or to register for the above workshops, call 396-5521.

Relationship Connections Workshops at the Family Readiness Group Center

Oct. 15, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. and Oct. 30, from 9 to 11:30 a.m.

Whether you’re ready to meet someone new or want to strengthen your existing relationship, this provides the opportunity to learn strategies to connect successfully with a significant other.

Call 396-5521 to register. Limited child care is available on site in advance.

The Resiliency Academy featured on Oct. 20, 21, 27, and 28, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Resilience is the ability to grow and thrive in the face of challenges. Learn to bounce back from adversity. The classes will be held at the Family Readiness Group Center. To register, call 396-5521.

Please register 14 days before class and limited childcare available.

Honoring the memory of 2nd Lt. Holly James, RN. At the medical grand rounds.

Guest speaker, Dr. Sharon Cooper, will address the topic of the role of sexual assault, contraception sabotage and marital rape within the context of intimate partner violence.

Sponsored by Womack Army Medical Center, the event is Oct. 21, from 8 to 10 a.m., at Weaver Auditorium, Womack Army Medical Center.

Join the Family advocacy team Oct. 21, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Sports USA.

Stand Up and Speak Out for Domestic Violence Open Mic Night.

Come support your military Family by either performing or attending this event. There will be poetry, short story readings, stand-up comedy, freestyle rapping and acoustic instrument playing.

This event is free and open to the public.

To register to perform, call 396-5521 or email sonya.d.bey.civ@mail.mil or ashley.d.jones89.civ@mail.mil

Fort Bragg victim advocates are sponsoring the 5th Annual Victim Advocacy Community Workshop, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Oct. 22 and 23, at the Cumberland County Department of Social Services.

The conference is free and will offer nine Continuing Education Unit’s for professionals. Registration is required at www.southernregionalhec.org Space is limited so please act fast.

The community is invited to gather on the steps of the Cumberland County Courthouse for the Candlelight Vigil “Remember My Name”. There will be a candle lighting ceremony honoring fallen domestic violence victims, while guest speakers help share their stories, Oct. 23, at 5:30 p.m.

If you or someone you know needs help, please know there are resources available.

The victim advocates on Fort Bragg are available by phone 24 hours a day to assist with concerns of domestic violence. The hotline number is 322-3418. The advocates also can be reached in their office, at 396-5521, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The National Domestic Violence Hotline is 1-800-799-7233 or the Cumberland County Care Center and Domestic Violence Shelter at 677-2532.

Make a pact to be a part of the solution. It starts with respect.