Florida National Guard Team,
The Department of Defense recognizes October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). Domestic violence is a plague on society that affects all of us: men, women, and children of every age, background, and belief. Nearly 1 in 4 women, and 1 in 7 men, in the United States have suffered severe physical violence at the hands of an intimate partner. Five million children witness domestic violence each year in the U.S., and approximately 40 million adult Americans grew up living with domestic violence. During this month we reaffirm our commitment to ending domestic violence, and pledge our support to our communities’ efforts to help victims find the help and healing they need.
The bottom line is that domestic abuse is a crime. Violence and the demeaning of others are incompatible with Army and Air Force values and totally unacceptable. This year’s DVAM theme is “Be the Change. Prevent Domestic Violence.” I’m calling on each and every Florida Guardsman to look out for their battle buddies and wingmen, know the warning signs for domestic abuse, and actively intervene when necessary.
We all play a role in ending domestic violence. Each of us can promote healthy relationships, stand with survivors, and change attitudes that perpetuate the cycle of abuse. I encourage victims to learn more and to seek services by calling the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence at 1-800-500-1119 or TDD (800) 621-4202, or by visiting https://www.fcadv.org/. Be the change. Prevent Domestic Violence.
MICHAEL A. CALHOUN
Florida National Guard
The Adjutant General