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Victim Advocate

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Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday, 7:30am – 4:30pm.



Marine Corps Victim Advocate provide information, guidance and support to victims. They are first responders. Specifically trained Victim Advocates will respond to incidents of domestic violence or sexual assault 24/7, but may also be contacted during working hours by anyone with questions or concerns.


Self-Assessment for Relationship Violence

Do any of the following describe your current or past relationships?

  • My partner is extremely jealous or controlling. S/he accuses me of cheating or keeps me from work/school/church/friends. I feel cut off from friends or family. S/he constantly calls/texts to check up on me.
  • Sometimes I feel afraid or scared. My partner intimidates me by breaking things or threatens to hurt me or someone I care about.
  • My partner tries to make me feel bad about myself. S/he puts me down, calls me names, or criticizes me.
  • My partner physically fights me - hitting, pushing, or shoving.
  • My partner has strangled me.
  • My partner has forced me to have sex when I haven't wanted to.
  • I have done these things to my partner.


How do I contact a victim advocate?

Henderson Hall has a Victim Advocate who is available to speak with victims of domestic abuse 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

  1. If you need to speak with a Victim Advocate during regular business hours (M-F 7:30-4:30), you can call the Family Advocacy Program at 703-614-7204 and speak with one of our Victim Advocates.
  2. If you need to speak with a Victim Advocate after regular business hours, you can call the Victim Advocacy Hotline at 202-439-6038 (24/7)

Additional Information
Domestic Abuse

The Marine Corps, as part of the DoD, is committed to ensuring that victims of domestic abuse are protected, treated with dignity and respect, and provided with support, advocacy and care. DoD policy prefers that personnel report suspected domestic abuse incidents promptly to activate both services for victims and accountability actions. However, requiring that all domestic abuse incidents be reported can present a barrier for victims hoping to gain access to medical and victim advocacy services without law enforcement or command involvement. To address these competing interests, the DoD has two reporting options; unrestricted reporting and restricted reporting.


If you need to speak with a Victim Advocate during regular business hours (Monday–Friday, 7:30 AM – 4:30 PM), you can call the Family Advocacy Program at 703-614-7204 and speak with one of our Victim Advocates.

If you need to speak with a Victim Advocate after regular business hours, you can call the Victim Advocacy 24/7 Hotline at 202-439-6038.


Domestic Abuse Reporting Options

Unrestricted Reporting-Victims of domestic abuse who want to pursue an official investigation of an incident should use current reporting channels, such as their chain of command, Family Advocacy Program (FAP), or law enforcement. Upon notification of a reported domestic abuse incident, victim advocacy services and FAP clinical services will be offered to the victim. In addition, the healthcare provider will conduct any forensic medical examination deemed appropriate, at the victim's discretion and request.


Restricted Reporting-Restricted reporting allows an adult victim of domestic abuse to disclose the details of his or her abuse to specifically identified individuals and to receive medical treatment and victim advocacy services without requiring that notice be provided to the victim's or alleged offender's commander or law enforcement. Victims of domestic abuse who desire to make a restricted report under this policy MUST report the abuse to one of the following specific individuals: a Victim Advocate, a Victim Advocate Supervisor, or healthcare provider. Additionally, a victim's disclosure of his or her domestic abuse to persons other than those covered by this policy may result in an investigation of the allegations by law enforcement and clinical intervention from FAP.

Exceptions to Confidentiality and Restricted Reporting and Limitations on Use-Information regarding a restricted report may be disclosed to the following persons or entities for the following reasons:

  • Named individuals when disclosure is authorized by the victim in writing.
  • Command officials or law enforcement when necessary to prevent or lessen a serious and imminent threat to the health or safety of the victim or another person.
  • FAP and any other agencies authorized by law to receive reports of child abuse or neglect when, as a result of the victim’s disclosure, the Victim Advocate or healthcare provider has a reasonable belief that child abuse has also occurred. However, disclosure will be limited only to information related to the child abuse.
  • Disability Retirement Boards and officials when disclosure by a healthcare provider is required for fitness for duty for disability retirement determinations, limited only to that information which is necessary to process the disability retirement determination.
  • Supervisors of the Victim Advocate or healthcare provider when disclosure is required for the supervision of direct victim treatment or services.
  • Military or civilian courts of competent jurisdiction when a military, Federal or State judge issues a subpoena for the covered communications to be presented to the court or to other officials or entities when the judge orders such disclosure; or to other officials or entities when required by Federal or State statute or applicable U.S. international agreement.


When Might I Need to Speak with a Victim Advocate?

Even if you are unsure of whether you are in a relationship that is characterized by domestic abuse, or if your friend or colleague is in such a relationship, you can speak with a Victim Advocate anonymously. Our Victim Advocates are trained to provide individuals with information, resources, emotional support and to discuss available options with Service Members, their Spouses and/or Intimate Partners.


National Hotline for Victims of Domestic Abuse

The National Hotline for victims of domestic abuse is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The toll-free number is: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).

Sexual Assault – Reporting Options

Unrestricted Reporting
Victims of sexual assault who want to pursue an official investigation of an incident should use current reporting channels, such as their chain of command, Family Advocacy Program (FAP), or law enforcement. Upon notification of a reported sexual assault incident, victim advocacy services and FAP clinical services will be offered to the victim. In addition, the healthcare provider will conduct any forensic medical examination deemed appropriate, at the victim's discretion and request.

Restricted Reporting
Restricted reporting allows an adult victim of sexual assault to disclose the details of his or her assault to specifically identified individuals and to receive medical treatment and victim advocacy services without requiring that notice be provided to the victim's or alleged offender's commander or law enforcement. Victims of sexual assault who desire to make a restricted report under this policy MUST report the assault to one of the following specific individuals: a Victim Advocate, a Victim Advocate Supervisor, a Uniformed Victim Advocate, the SARC (Sexual Assault Response Coordinator), or healthcare provider. Additionally, a victim's disclosure of his or her sexual assault to persons other than those covered by this policy may result in an investigation of the allegations by law enforcement and clinical intervention from FAP.

Exceptions to Confidentiality and Restricted Reporting and Limitations on Use-Information regarding a restricted report may be disclosed to the following persons or entities for the following reasons:

  • Named individuals when disclosure is authorized by the victim in writing.
  • Command officials or law enforcement when necessary to prevent or lessen a serious and imminent threat to the health or safety of the victim or another person.
  • FAP and any other agencies authorized by law to receive reports of child abuse or neglect when, as a result of the victim’s disclosure, the Victim Advocate or healthcare provider has a reasonable belief that child abuse has also occurred. However, disclosure will be limited only to information related to the child abuse.
  • Disability Retirement Boards and officials when disclosure by a healthcare provider is required for fitness for duty for disability retirement determinations, limited only to that information which is necessary to process the disability retirement determination.
  • Supervisors of the Victim Advocate or healthcare provider when disclosure is required for the supervision of direct victim treatment or services.
  • Military or civilian courts of competent jurisdiction when a military, Federal or State judge issues a subpoena for the covered communications to be presented to the court or to other officials or entities when the judge orders such disclosure; or to other officials or entities when required by Federal or State statute or applicable U.S. international agreement.


How Do I Contact a Victim Advocate?

Henderson Hall has Victim Advocates who are available to speak with victims of domestic abuse 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

  • If you are a victim of marital or intimate partner sexual abuse, you may contact the FAP Victim Advocate.
    • If you need to speak with a Victim Advocate during regular business hours (Monday–Friday, 7:30 AM – 4:30 PM), you can call the Family Advocacy Program at 703-614-7204 and speak with one of our Victim Advocates.
    • If you need to speak with a Victim Advocate after regular business hours, you can call the Victim Advocacy Hotline at 202-439-6038.
  • If you are an active duty service member, or a military dependent over 18 years of age, who has been a victim of sexual assault by someone other than a spouse or intimate partner, you may speak with the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) or Uniformed Victim Advocate (UVA) assigned to your Command for additional information about the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) program. Henderson Hall’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program provides 24/7 support and advocacy to all Marines, Sailors, and military dependents over 18.
    • For Restricted and Unrestricted reporting options or to report an assault please contact the Joint Base 24/7 Support Line 202-498-4009 (website). The H&S Battalion SARC can be reached during working hours at 703-693-4733 or by cell phone at 571-205-1298. The H&S Battalion UVA can be reached during working hours at 703-693-7407 (office) or by cell phone at 202-439-5827.

National Hotline for Victims of Domestic Abuse

The National Hotline for victims of sexual assault is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The toll-free number is 1-800-656-HOPE.

Child Abuse or Neglect

Henderson Hall has a Victim Advocate on staff that is available to support non-offending parents of children who are victims of child abuse or neglect. Services available to non-offending parents include: emotional support, information and referral, and court accompaniment.


If you need to speak with a Victim Advocate during regular business hours (Monday–Friday, 7:30 AM – 4:30 PM), you can call the Family Advocacy Program at 703-614-7204 and speak with one of our Victim Advocates.


If you need to speak with a Victim Advocate after regular business hours, you can call the Victim Advocacy 24/7 Hotline at 202-439-6038.


National Hotline for Child Abuse

The National Hotline for child abuse is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The toll-free number is 1-800-4-A-CHILD.



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