Family Advocacy Programs (FAP)

Air National Guard: Retired

Benefit Fact Sheet

Summary

The mission of the Department of the Air Force Family Advocacy Program (FAP) is to build healthy communities through implementing programs designed for the prevention and treatment of domestic violence, child abuse and neglect, and problematic sexual behavior in children and youth. Air Force Medical Readiness Agency (AFMRA) Family Advocacy provides program and policy development, training and resourcing medical treatment facility FAP staff, data collection and reporting activities, and program research and evaluation. AFMRA FAP also provides consultation services to key customers.

Eligibility

Military Retirees and their Families are eligible for FAP services on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the nearest serving Family Advocacy Program office for availability.

Benefit Highlights

It is Department of Defense policy to prevent partner and child maltreatment, problematic sexual behavior in children and youth (PSB-CY) to protect those who are victims of maltreatment, to treat those affected by maltreatment, and to ensure personnel are professionally trained to intervene in maltreatment cases. The FAP promotes public awareness within the military community and coordinates professional intervention at all levels within the civilian and military communities, including law enforcement, social services, health services, and legal services. The FAP is designed to break the cycle of abuse and neglect by identifying maltreatment as early as possible and providing treatment for affected family members.

Family Advocacy programs available at Air Force installations may include:

Mother and Father holding their daughters New Parent Support Program (NPSP): NPSP is a voluntary program that provides support to Airmen and Family members who are expecting a child, or have a child or children up to 3 years of age. The NPSP provides information related to pregnancy, labor and delivery (L&D), newborn, infant and child care, safety, nutrition, growth and development, and positive parenting strategies within the military environment. Services include:

  • Home visits by registered nurses and/or social workers

  • Prenatal classes

  • Playgroups

  • Parenting classes

  • Fatherhood groups

  • Referrals to other resources

Family Advocacy Strengths-based Therapy (FAST) Services: FAST is a voluntary program that provides prevention counseling (individual, couple, and family) to Airmen and Family members who are not eligible for NPSP (couples without children or children older than 3) and are seeking to strengthen family relationships.

Maltreatment Intervention Services: Clinical social workers provide individual, couples, and group therapy services to alleged offenders of child and partner maltreatment, as well as adult and child victim clinical and supportive services.

Grieving Service member Domestic Abuse Victim Advocacy (DAVA) Program: Provides comprehensive assistance and support to spouse or unmarried intimate partner victims of domestic abuse (physical, emotional, sexual), including crisis intervention, safety planning, assistance in securing medical treatment for injuries, information on legal services and proceedings, and referral to military and civilian shelters and other resources available to victims. DAVAs also support non-offending caregivers in child maltreatment and PSB-CY cases.

  • 24/7 crisis response

  • Crisis intervention and support

  • Risk assessment and safety planning

  • Information on restricted and unrestricted reporting options

  • Coordination of emergency services; transportation, housing, food, etc.

  • Information on the Transitional Compensation program

  • Assistance in obtaining military and civilian protective orders

  • Accompaniment through the medical, investigative and legal processes

  • Provide warm hand-offs to additional resources

people holding hands

Transitional Compensation Program: Traditional Compensation Program is a congressionally authorized program for abused family members of military personnel. It authorizes temporary payments for Families in which the active-duty Service member has been separated administratively or by court-martial for a dependent-abuse offense. To be eligible for the benefit:

  • The family member must have been living in the home and/or married to the Service member

  • The Service member must have been convicted of a dependent-abuse offense

  • The Service member must have been either separated under a court martial sentence, sentenced to a forfeiture of all pay or allowances by a court martial for dependent abuse offense or administratively separated, at least in part, for a dependent-abuse offense.

A dependent-abuse offense must be listed as a reason for the separation or forfeiture, although it does not have to be the primary reason.

What you need to know: If eligible to receive transitional compensation benefits, there are some important aspects of the benefit:

  • Amount of the benefit: The compensation amount is based on the Dependence and Indemnity Compensation, which changes annually. Current amounts can be found at the Department of Veterans Affairs Dependency and Indemnity Compensation website.

  • Length of the benefit: The transitional compensation is available for up to 36 months.

  • Maintaining eligibility: The former spouse will become ineligible for compensation and benefits if they remarry or move back in with the former Service member.

  • Recertifying eligibility: If compensation is available for more than 12 months, the former spouse will be required to recertify eligibility annually.

  • Travel and transportation allowances: Helps the abused spouse or parents of abused children to move away from the abuser. It can be used to cover travel expenses and the cost of shipping household goods.

  • Other benefits:

    • Commissary and exchange privileges

    • Medical care, including behavioral health services, as TRICARE beneficiaries

    • Dental care services may be provided in dental facilities of the Uniformed Services on a space available basis

Additional Information

For more information, please visit the Family Advocacy Program's webpage on the Military OneSource:
https://www.militaryonesource.mil/family-relationships/family-life/preventing-abuse-neglect/family-advocacy-program-the-essentials/

Air Force Family Advocacy Program Domestic Abuse Victim Advocacy 24/7 Hotline Numbers:
https://www.af.mil/Portals/1/documents/aboutus/SAPR/AF%20FAP%2024-7%20Hotline%20Numbers.pdf

To locate contact information for your installation’s New Parent Support Program: https://www.militaryonesource.mil/ Scroll to the bottom of the page. Select “New Parent Support Program” from the “Select a program or service” dropdown. Select the installation name from the “Search the name of an installation” dropdown and press Enter.

Department of the Air Force Instruction 40-301:
https://static.e-publishing.af.mil/production/1/af_sg/publication/dafi40-301/dafi40-301.pdf

DoD Instruction 6400.06, DoD Coordinated Community Response to Domestic Abuse Involving DoD Military and Certain Affiliated Personnel

https://www.esd.whs.mil/Portals/54/Documents/DD/issuances/dodi/640006p.pdf

In addition, contact information for Family Advocacy Program offices on Air Force installations may be located on the Resource Locator Library on MyAirForceBenefits:
https://www.myairforcebenefits.us.af.mil/Benefit-Library/Resource-Locator

Document Review Date: 26 July 2022