By Shannon Bishop
USAG Public Affairs
Major Gen. James K. Gilman, commanding general, Medical Research and Materiel Command and Fort Detrick, signed the Proclamation for Army Domestic Abuse Prevention month Sept. 22.
Signed annually, the Proclamation reinforces the Army's commitment to support its families through creating a climate of safety and respect and emphasizing the negative effects domestic abuse has on family members and the Army mission.General Gilman's Proclamation stated, "Domestic abuse at any degree of severity is unacceptable and undermines the Army's core values of Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage."
"Fort Detrick is fully committed to preventing domestic violence and providing the community with the knowledge and resources to stop abuse before it happens," said Cynthia Harne, Family Advocacy Program Manager.
To kick off Domestic Violence Awareness Month Oct. 6, speaker, author, and entertainer Ms. Wambui Bahati will perform a humorous one woman play titled, "I am Domestic Violence."
The event will occur in Strough Auditorium, Bldg. 611, at 8:30 a.m. and again at 1:30 p.m., and will last approximately an hour and a half. Family Advocacy will be hosting resource booths with information on domestic violence and resources available to Families.This event is open to the entire Fort Detrick community, however, registration is required.
For more information, please call Family Advocacy at 301-619-2408.Family Advocacy, a program within Army Community Services, is responsible for the prevention and response for domestic issues at Fort Detrick.
During the month of October a series of events will occur to make members of the Fort Detrick community aware of the dangers and ways to handle domestic violence.