Since 1981, October has been commemorated as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The observance serves to educate communities, individuals, couples and families about Family Advocacy Program services and other community resources that can help prevent, raise awareness of community responsibility and resources for addressing domestic abuse. Domestic violence is never okay. It can be physical or emotional or both.

It knows no economic or physical boundaries. No boundary on age, race, ethnicity or gender. Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow is committed to eradicating the current national epidemic of Domestic Violence. It is our belief that by educating the community about the warning signs of domestic violence we can prevent the tragedies that often accompany these situations. Please join us at the many events we have planned throughout the month to raise awareness.

If you or someone you know is in a domestic violence situation, please reach out to us or call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 and get help now.

Family Advocacy’s Prevention & Education Program provides support on subject matter briefs and awareness and prevention-focused services to the installation and community. Services are designed to improve family and individual functioning and to prevent child abuse and domestic violence.

Prevention & Education Specialists’ briefs can be specialized based on the command’s availability, requested topics and time allotted.

Subject matter briefs and/or classes offered:

  • Domestic Violence Prevention and Awareness
  • Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness
  • Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness
  • IDC Training
  • Real Colors/Real Stress
  • Married & Loving It! (MALI)
  • 21st Century Anger Management

What is Child Abuse?

  • Physical Abuse: Any non-accidental injury to a child
  • Emotional Abuse: Any attitude or behavior, which interferes with a child’s mental health or social development
  • Neglect: Failure to provide for a child’s physical needs
  • Sexual Abuse: Any sexual act between an adult and a child


Child abuse and neglect is one hundred percent preventable. Staggering statistics show that

  • Nearly 700,000 children are abused in the U.S annually.An estimated 683,000 children (unique incidents) were victims of abuse and neglect in 2015, the most recent year for which there is national data.
  • CPS protects more than 3 million children.Approximately 3.4 million children received an investigation or alternative response from child protective services agencies. 2.3 million children received prevention services.
  • The youngest children were most vulnerable to maltreatment.Children in the first year of their life had the highest rate of victimization of 24.2 per 1,000 children in the national population of the same age.
  • Neglect is the most common form of maltreatment.Of the children who experienced maltreatment or abuse, three-quarters suffered neglect; 17.2% suffered physical abuse; and 8.4% suffered sexual abuse. (Some children are polyvictimized—they have suffered more than one form of maltreatment.)
  • About four out of five abusers are the victims’ parents.A parent of the child victim was the perpetrator in 78.1% of substantiated cases of child maltreatment.

Help is available. If you suspect a child has been or is being victimized, please report it, or get help immediately.

On the Installation: call the 24/7 FAP Hotline 760-577-6484 or
National Child Abuse Hotline at (800) 422-4453.


What is it?

It is a national effort carried on by activists, community leaders, national and local organizations, and prevention and awareness experts to raise awareness about dating abuse, promote programs that support young people, and encourage communities to prevent this form of abuse with the goal of decreasing the prevalence of dating abuse among young people.
2018’s theme is Healthy Me, Healthy We! A journey of self-love, positivity, and strength.

What Does Dating Abuse Look Like?

Teens and young adults experience the same types of abuse as adults, including:

Physical Abuse: Any intentional use of physical force with the intent to cause fear or injury, like hitting, shoving, biting, strangling, kicking or using a weapon.

Verbal or Emotional Abuse: Non-physical behaviors such as threats, insults, constant monitoring, humiliation, intimidation, isolation or stalking.

Sexual Abuse: Any action that impacts a person’s ability to control their sexual activity or the circumstances in which sexual activity occurs, including rape, coercion or restricting access to birth control.

Digital Abuse: Use of technologies and/or social media networking to intimidate, harass or threaten a current or ex-dating partner such as demanding passwords, checking cell phones, cyberbullying, non-consensual sexting, excessive or threatening texts or stalking on social media.

Stalking: Being repeatedly watched, followed, monitored or harassed. Stalking can occur online or in person, and may or may not include giving unwanted gifts.

Financial Abuse: Exerting power and control over a partner through their finances, including taking or withholding money from a partner, or prohibiting a partner from earning, or spending their money.

Child Abuse Prevention Month Events


Prevention & Education

Bldg. 17

Mon/Fri 7:30am–4pm

(760) 577-6533
(760) 577-6195

Important Numbers

SAPR 24/7 Support Line
(760) 577-6036

DoD SAFE Helpline
(877) 995-5247

FAP 24/7 Hotline
(760) 577-6484

National Domestic Violence Hotline
(800) 799-SAFE (7233)

National Hotline for Victims of Sexual Assault
(800) 656-4673

National Child Abuse Hotline
(800) 422-4453

National Suicide Prevention Hotline
(800) 273-TALK(8255)

Military One Source 24/7
(800) 342-9647

Civilian Victim Advocate
(760) 577-6533 730am-4pm

Important Documents
Safe Helpline Poster
SAPR Flyer

MCCS Barstow