Military works to prevent domestic
|WASHINGTON, D.C. (American Forces Press Service) — The
Defense Department and each of the services are drawing attention to the
plight of domestic violence because of people like Amanda Tenorio, a
victim advocate for Army Community Services at Joint Base Henderson
Hall, Va., and a domestic violence survivor.
Tenorio was a 28-year-old divorced mother of two when she started dating
a man who quickly turned violent with her. In their year-and-a-half
relationship, she said, she sustained regular beatings that caused 35
broken bones in her face, a broken hip, ankles and ribs, dislocated
knees and brain injuries that put her into a coma.
Tenorio and other domestic violence survivors are speaking out at
installations as part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a national
designation in October to bring violence among couples out of the
shadows of their homes and into the help of military Family advocacy
“Educating the community is really important,” Tenorio said in a recent
American Forces Press Service (AFPS) interview. “A lot of people know
someone in that situation, but they don’t know how to handle it.”
Kathy Robertson, the department’s Family Advocacy Program manager, said
the programs, which are on all military installations and include more
than 800 clinical social workers, are designed to help couples through
problems before they turn violent, but also respond to emergencies that
require health care, police and shelter interventions.
“Our whole focus is on treatment and intervention and trying to help
both the victim and the abuser,” she told AFPS.
The services are focused on training all leaders, from platoon sergeants
to installation commanders, Robertson said, to recognize problems and
encourage help before violence occurs.
Military leaders and domestic violence workers worry about increases in
domestic violence during what is a volatile time for Americans,
People in stressful situations, whether related to the economic
recession, military downsizing, or dealing with the aftermath of combat
are at greater risk for violence, she said.
Displays about Domestic Abuse Violence Prevention in the Fort McCoy
community are available at McCoy’s, building 1571; the Exchange,
building 1538; and the Community Activity Center, building 2000
For more information, call Army Community Service at 608-388-3505.