Family Advocacy Programs (FAP)

Regular Air Force: Active Duty

Benefit Fact Sheet

Summary

The Family Advocacy Program (FAP) is dedicated to domestic and Child abuse prevention, education, prompt reporting, investigation, intervention and treatment. The Air Force provides a variety of services to Airmen and Families to enhance their relationship skills and improve their quality of life. This mission is accomplished through a variety of groups, seminars, workshops and counseling and intervention services.

Eligibility

Active component Airmen and their Families are eligible for FAP services.

Benefit Highlights

Department of Defense Policy is to prevent Spouse and Child abuse, to protect those who are victims of abuse, to treat those affected by abuse, and to ensure personnel are professionally trained to intervene in abuse cases. Since many incidents of abuse constitute violations of the law, DA policy also recognizes a commander's authority to take disciplinary or administrative action in appropriate cases. The FAP will promote public awareness within the military community and coordinate 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 by identifying abuse as early as possible and providing treatment for affected Family members.

Family Advocacy programs available at Air Force installations may include: airman holding is baby

New Parent Support Program (NPSP): The New Parent Support Program is a voluntary participation program that helps Airmen and Family members who are expecting a Child, or have a Child or Children up to 3 years of age, to build strong, healthy military families. The NPSP offers a variety of programs and services to support you including:

  • Home Visits

  • Prenatal Classes

  • Playgroups

  • Parenting Classes

  • Referrals to other resources

Victim Advocacy Program: Victim Advocacy Services Program provides comprehensive assistance and support to victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault, including crisis intervention, safety planning, assistance in securing medical treatment for injuries, information on legal rights and proceedings, and referral to military and civilian shelters and other resources available to victims.

  • Crisis intervention and support

  • Safety assessment and planning

  • Information on 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

  • Representation of victims' interests at Family Advocacy Case Review Committee meetings

  • Information and referral

Grieving airmanTransitional Compensation Program: Transitional Compensation (TC) 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 dependent-abuse offense. To be eligible for the benefit:

  • You must have been living in the home and married to the service member

  • Your service member must have been convicted of a dependent-abuse offense

  • Your service member must have been either separated under a court martial sentence, sentence 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 you are 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 12 to 36 months.

  • Maintaining eligibility: You will become ineligible for compensation and benefits if you remarry or move back in with the former service member.

  • Recertifying eligibility: If your compensation is available for more than 12 months, you will be required to recertify your 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

Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP): The Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) is a mandatory enrollment program that works with other military and civilian agencies to provide:

  • Support

  • Housing

  • Education

  • Medical services

  • Personnel Services

Airmen on active duty enroll in the program when they have a Family member with a physical, emotional, developmental, or intellectual disorder requiring specialized services so their needs can be considered in the military personnel assignment process.

Seminars and Workshops: Seminars and workshops are available to you, your unit or family support group. Unit commanders are encouraged to contact their Family Advocacy Program Manager/Staff to schedule workshops and trainings that meet your specific need.

Topics Include:

  • Command and Troop Education

  • Community Awareness

  • Conflict Resolution

  • Couples Communication Skills

  • Stress Management

  • Prevention Programs and Services

  • New Parent Support Program

  • Parent Education

  • Domestic Violence Prevention

  • Victim Advocate Program

  • Relationship Support

  • Safety Education

  • Respite Care Program

  • Emergency Placement Care Program

  • Reporting Procedures

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/the-family-advocacy-program

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

Air Force Instruction 40-301:
https://static.e-publishing.af.mil/production/1/af_sg/publication/afi40-301/afi40-301.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: 29 July 2020