Domestic 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.
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:
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).
Commanders and supervisors have resources that may be helpful in dealing with a domestic violence situation:
Toll Free: 1-800-342-9647
Family Assistance Center Coordinator
Office: 31 7-247-3300, Ext. 72694
State Family Program Office
317-247-3300, Ext. 73192
State Family Program Director
Office: 317-247-3300, Ext. 85452
Em ail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence
National Domestic Violence Hotline
Service members and family member have two primary reporting methods of reporting a domestic violence situation:
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.