Social Work Services (SWS)
Family Advocacy Program
Family violence is an emergent and sometimes deadly occurrence which requires immediate attention. Access of the perpetrator and the safety of the victim must be immediately addressed and acted upon. In an emergency, report suspected or on-going family violence to the Military Police at (915)568-2115/2116/2117 or 911. To make a report or schedule an intake to FAP, call (915) 569-2800. FAP is located at WBAMC, in the Main Hospital, on the 11th Floor, East.
Hours of Operation
Monday through Friday, 0730 to 1630 hours. An on-call Family Advocacy Social Worker is available after duty hours, weekends and holidays. The AOD and the Emergency Department personnel are the point of contact after duty hours for contacting the on-call FAP Social Worker.
The Army’s Family Advocacy Program (FAP) is a military program, which addresses spouse and child abuse/neglect. The primary goal of the FAP is to alleviate and prevent abuse by providing a variety of services to strengthen families and enhance their ability to adapt to military life. The aim of FAP is to protect those who are victims of abuse, to treat families affected by abuse, and to assure the availability of highly trained professionals to intervene in spouse and child abuse cases. Family Advocacy covers active duty military members and their families.
To prevent spouse maltreatment, to intervene effectively when incidents do occur, to promote healthy family life, and to improve readiness and retention.
This program addresses the prevention, identification, evaluation, intervention, rehabilitation/behavioral education and counseling, follow up, and reporting of spouse abuse. Spouse abuse includes, but is not limited to, assault, battery, threat to injure or kill, or any other act of force, violence, or emotional abuse, or undue physical or psychological trauma, or fear of physical injury. This includes physical injury, sexual assault, intentional destruction of property, psychological abuse and stalking.
This program addresses the prevention, identification, evaluation, intervention, rehabilitation/behavioral education and counseling, follow up, and reporting of child abuse. Child abuse includes the physical injury, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, deprivation of necessities, or other abuse of a child by a parent, guardian, employee of a residential facility, or any person providing out of home care, who is responsible for the child's welfare, under circumstances that indicate the child's welfare is harmed or threatened. The term encompasses both acts and omissions on the part of such a responsible person.
This program addresses child physical abuse, child neglect, and child sexual abuse.
Any actual or suspected family violence or neglect case that involves active duty military and/or family member must be called into Family Advocacy. This typically includes soldiers and their family members involved in domestic violence or at risk for family disruptions. Ages of the clients typically include birth to 50 years. Several professional standards and clinical practice guidelines for this clinic include:
- WBAMC Regulation No. 40-608-18 Management of Suspected Abuse and Neglect of Patients
- Army Family Advocacy Program, AR 608-18, 1 Sep 95
- Memorandum of Agreement, WBAMC, Fort Bliss, Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Service (Child Protective Service)
- Texas Family Code, 261.101 – 261.202
Treatment managers in FAP are clinical social workers and they conduct individual counseling, case management, and psycho educational group therapy. The groups provided in FAP are:
- Domestic Violence Intervention Program for men
- Domestic Violence Intervention Program for women
- Anger Management Group
- Trauma Survivors Group for women
The focus of treatment is the reduction of domestic violence in family relationships. If a patient requires education and support, the patient is referred to both military and civilian agencies. If a patient needs longer on-going therapy, the patient can be referred to outpatient psychiatry clinic or a TRICARE Network provider.
Helpful Ft. Bliss / El Paso Agencies
- WBAMC Security Office (24 Hours)
- 915 569-2304
- Fort Bliss Military Police (24 Hours)
- 915 568-2115
- El Paso Police (24 Hours)
- 915 832-4400
- WBAMC Emergency Room (24 Hours)
- 915 569-2331
- WBAMC Family Advocacy Program – DMH
- 915 569-2800
- Fort Bliss Community Service Center (CSC)
- 915 568-4878
- CSC Victim Advocate
- 915 568-4878
- Center on Family Violence Shelter
- 915 593-7300
- STARS - Sexual Assault and Rape (24 Hours)
- 915 779-1800
- Statewide Texas Abuse Hotline (TDPRS)
- 800 252-5400
- El Paso Child Protective Services
- 915 542-4535
- Child Crisis Center of El Paso (0 to 12 years)
- 915 562-7955
- Runaway Center of El Paso (13 to 17 years)
- 915 562-4765
- YWCA Project Redirection (under 20 years old Family/Daughter)
- 915 757-0306
- Fort Bliss New Parent Support Program
- 915 568-7800
- Early Childhood Intervention (ECI)
- 915 534-4324