JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas —
Brig. Gen. Laura L. Lenderman (seated), commander, 502d Air Base Wing and Joint Base San Antonio, signed the 2018 Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention Month at the 502nd ABW headquarters at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston Sept. 25.
Joining Gen. Lenderman are (from left) are Chantelle Stoops, Family Advocacy Outreach Manager, JBSA-Lackland; Rose Padilla, Family Advocacy Program Assistance, JBSA-Lackland; Capt. Isaiah Jones, Family Advocacy Officer, JBSA-Lackland; Angela Nance Family Advocacy Intervention Specialist, JBSA-Randolph; Craig Hodge, Young Domestic Abuse Victim Advocate, JBSA; Jessica Reynolds, Family Advocacy Outreach Manager, JBSA-Fort Sam Houston; Irina Adams, Family Advocacy Intervention Specialist, JBSA-Fort Sam Houston; Stephanie Smith, Family Advocacy Officer, JBSA-Fort Sam Houston; and Chief Master Sgt. Heather Ransom, interim 502 ABW/JBSA Command Chief.
Domestic Violence Awareness Month evolved from the "Day of Unity" held in October 1981 and conceived by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The intent was to connect advocates across the nation who were working to end violence against women and their children.
According to the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, it is best understood as a pattern of abusive behaviors - including physical, sexual and psychological attacks as well as economic coercion - used by one intimate partner against another (adult or adolescent) to gain, maintain or regain power and control in the relationship.
Batterers use of a range of tactics to frighten, terrorize, manipulate, hurt, humiliate, blame, often injure and sometimes kill a current or former intimate partner.