by Airman 1st Class Malia Jenkins
18th Wing Public Affairs
11/5/2012 - KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- Broken,
bruised, scared, embarrassed. Domestic violence does not discriminate
against culture, gender, rank or race said Valerie Seitz, 18th Medical
Group family advocacy outreach manager. It affects approximately 1.3
million people every year.
The first observance for domestic violence was in 1987, the same year
the first national domestic violence toll-free hotline was introduced.
The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence said Congress
designated October as the National Domestic Violence Awareness Month in
To help further this awareness, the first campaign "Thanks for asking"
throughout October with members from different squadrons across the base
who volunteered their time to be a victim.
"It is estimated that one in four women and one in 10 men will be a
victim of domestic violence," explained Seitz. "As a result, each
October, Family Advocacy puts a special focus on the prevention of
domestic violence in the Air Force to remind ourselves, and the base
community, that it's a year-round mission."
On three different days in October, approximately 15 volunteers
travelled the base, doing their normal day-to-day routines, with various
injuries ranging from a busted lip, black eye or a bruise on the face.
The volunteers came into contact with an estimated 500 people of the
base's nearly 25, 000 personnel including Japanese civilians. Only 100
of those 25,000 acknowledged the injuries they saw and asked 'what
By being a part of this campaign, the volunteers helped educate the base
about the different options available for individuals affected by
In 2011 there were a total of 283 cases of domestic violence and child
abuse on Kadena with it decreasing to 184 cases so far this year, said
Airman 1st Class Andrew Rosenblat, 18th Contracting Squadron contract
specialist, said he volunteered to be part of the campaign because he
wanted to educate people that males can also be victims of domestic
violence as well as females.
There are different agencies and groups that help individuals who have
been affected by domestic violence or who just needs someone to talk to.
Chaplains, military family life consultants, mental health and Family
Advocacy are a few of the places someone can go to receive help.