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Domestic Violence Response Program

Indiana National Guard Domestic Violence Response LogoDomestic violence is a crime that harms individuals, ruins families, weakens communities, undermines readiness, and is contrary to the institutional values of the Indiana National Guard.

The INNG Domestic Violence Response office works to create a culture that reduces violent behavior within our ranks and emphasizes and encourages help-seeking behaviors among service members and their families. It is crucial that leaders, fellow service members, family members and Indiana National Guard personnel understand and recognize the warning signs of domestic violence so that appropriate intervention can take place, and distressed personnel are referred to the appropriate resources.

Report Domestic Violence

IMPORTANT: If someone other than a State Family Program representative receives domestic violence information, then the case MUST immediately be referred to the State Family Program director for processing through a family assistance specialist and reported accordingly.

Service members and family members have two primary reporting methods of reporting a domestic violence situation:

  • Domestic violence is a pattern of behaviors used by one partner to maintain power and control over another partner in an intimate relationship. Domestic violence can occur at all socioeconomic and educational levels; and anyone, regardless of race, age, religion, sexual orientation or gender, can be a victim or a perpetrator.
  • Domestic violence includes behaviors that arouse fear, physically harm, threaten or control a partner in a relationship, and can include the use of physical and sexual violence, threats and intimidation, verbal and emotional abuse and economic deprivation.
  • The National Domestic Violence Hotline uses a Power & Control Wheel to describe the behaviors that most often characterize a relationship involving domestic violence.

How to recognize if a coworker is being abused

If a coworker is experiencing abuse at home, these effects are likely to carry over into the workplace. Changes in the coworker’s behavior may indicate something is wrong; for example:

  • Excessive lateness or unexplained absences
  • Frequent use of sick leave
  • Unexplained injuries or bruising
  • Changes in appearance
  • Lack of concentration/being preoccupied more often
  • Disruptive phone calls or personal visits from their partner
  • Drops in productivity
  • Sensitivity about home life or hints of trouble at home

What you can do if you suspect a coworker is being abused

Be sure to approach your coworker in a confidential manner, at a time and place without interruptions. When bringing up the topic of domestic violence, remember to be nonjudgmental and supportive. Your coworker may be embarrassed by the situation and afraid to confide those details. Be sure to point your coworker to the available resources so they can begin to recognize the signs of an unhealthy relationship and start taking actions to protect their safety and the safety of other family members. You may recommend or encourage the victim to call Military OneSource at 1-800-342-9647 to initiate a safety plan.

In the Indiana National Guard, crisis response cases are titled “Duty to Warn” within the State Family Program office. These cases include circumstances of domestic violence, harm to self or others or other crisis situations needing immediate attention by members of the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT).

The following resources may be helpful in dealing with a domestic violence situation:

Military OneSource
Toll Free: 1-800-342-9647

Family Assistance Center Coordinator
Office: 31 7-247-3300, Ext. 72694
Cell: 317-650-1334

State Family Program Office
317-247-3300, Ext. 73192

State Family Program Director
Office: 317-247-3300, Ext. 85452
Cell: 317-697-3633

Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Hotline: 1-800-332-7385

National Domestic Violence Hotline
1-800-799-SAFE (7233)

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