Phone: (910) 396-5521/4175
24 Hour Victim Hotline Fort Bragg: (910) 322-3418
National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233
Location: Soldier Support Center – 3rd Fl.
Normandy Drive, Fort Bragg (map)
Hours: Mon – Fri, 8 am – 5 pm
If you suspect that a child is being neglected or abused, contact:
- NC Division of Social Services (Child Protective Services): (910) 677-2450
- Family Member Behavioral Health (FMBH): (910) 907-7869
- Provost Marshal Office: (910) 396-0391
What is Partner Abuse?
Partner abuse is defined as a pattern of behavior resulting in emotional/psychological abuse, economic control, and/or interference with personal liberty that is directed toward a person of the opposite sex. In other words spouse or partner abuse can include something as obvious as a slap or a hit, but also includes less noticeable controlling, threatening or emotionally abusive behaviors. No one needs to stay in a relationship where they are being physically or emotionally abused by their partner or spouse. Take the Relationship Quiz to find out more about your relationship.
What help is out there for a victim?
- National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233
- Fort Bragg 24 hour Victim Hotline (910) 322-3418
- Cumberland County CARE Center: (910) 677-2532
- Womack Medical Center Emergency Room: (910) 907-6559
- Family Member Behavioral Health (FMBH): (910) 907-7869
These are just a few of the places that can provide good advice to anonymous callers seeking answers. In many cases, the caller may be told that they can give their name, come in for help, and still receive private information, medical care and other support without having to initiate a Family Advocacy assessment, tell command or make a police report.
There is a shelter available in the community for female victims of abuse and their children where they can receive private, effective information on how to heal their relationship or escape, depending on the victim’s desires. For victims who may be scared that their family will lose their source of income if a soldier is kicked out of the Army or put in prison or jail for spouse abuse, the military has programs that may continue to support victims in these cases.
Many foreign-born victims may have been threatened by their spouse that they will be deported or lose citizenship if they tell about the abuse. The Mulitcultural Readiness Program can help Foreign Born spouses to find help and supportive friends.
I’m not a victim, but I suspect that my friend is. What can I do?
The National Domestic Violence Hotline can give great tips and information on how to help a friend. Please consider referring a friend to professional help by asking them to contact the Bragg Victim Hotline or to go to Womack Social Work Services. Do not attempt to take care of things yourself. Domestic Violence can be a very complex and potentially dangerous issue.
How about my privacy?
The military is committed to finding ways for victims of abuse to get the best, most private help possible. In many cases an abused partner can receive completely private help depending upon how severe the situation is, if they first contact either a victim advocate, or a health care provider at one of the on-post clinics or the Womack Army Medical Center. In cases where there is an obvious danger of imminent threat of harm or the presence of child abuse, a care provider may have to notify others to ensure the safety of all persons involved in an abusive situation. Anyone needing information or help for partner or spouse abuse, who is worried about being reported or about their privacy should still call someone. Victims can ensure their privacy by not giving their name until they feel completely informed about the best options they have for getting help. Contact a Victim Advocate at (910) 396-5521/4175 M-F 8am – 5pm to find out more about victim privacy.
Help for an abusive partner
Many spouse would like to find help for their abusive partner and many abusive partners may welcome this support. There are many counseling options and support groups in the community. Personnel at any of the listed numbers can provide information on help available. If a partner is being physically abusive marriage or couples counseling is often not a good choice, but there are many other very good options for help.
What is the Commander’s role?
Commanders and other leaders are required to report family violence, to seek help for all parties involved and to help ensure safety to the fullest extent possible. Commanders and the Military or local police can provide a great deal of effective help, including documenting the abuse, arresting the offender, helping with securing a military or civilian no-contact/protective order to ensure the victim is safe, helping to find legal assistance and ordering an offender/Soldier to treatment. Although commanders and leaders are concerned about the safety of families in their units and cannot fully ensure this safety unless they know about abuse, they also understand that many victims will never come forward unless they are provided an option to keep their situation completely private.
How are children affected by domestic violence?
Children usually know something is not right, even if they haven’t been in the room during a family violence incident and may show different reactions according to their age. Most offenders have learned their behavior from growing up in an abusive home of their own. Younger children may exhibit self-blame that can precipitate feelings of guilt, worry, and anxiety. Children may become withdrawn, non-verbal, and exhibit regressed behaviors such as clinging and whining. Eating and sleeping difficulty, concentration problems, generalized anxiety, and physical complaints (e.g., headaches) may also occur. If you would like to find out more information, please contact any of the listed numbers on this page.
- Legal Assistance: (910) 396-5506 / 5306 / 7268
- Emergency Financial Assistance: (910) 396-2507, After Duty Hours: 1-877-272-7337 (toll free)