Commands sign on to fight domestic violence

BU2 Joshua Knolla, foreground, and EO1 Michael Call apply their purple handprints to Underwater Construction Team 2’s banner stating a united opposition to domestic violence.

Photo by Andrea Howry / Lighthouse

BU2 Joshua Knolla, foreground, and EO1 Michael Call apply their purple handprints to Underwater Construction Team 2’s banner stating a united opposition to domestic violence.

The banner created in Point Mugu's Building 1, headquarters of Naval Base Ventura County, hangs at the main entranceway.

Photo by Andrea Howry / Lighthouse

The banner created in Point Mugu's Building 1, headquarters of Naval Base Ventura County, hangs at the main entranceway.

Her hands painted purple, IT3 Ariana Medina of Underwater Construction Team 2 signs a banner opposing domestic violence as IT2 Stephanie Duran waits her turn.

Photo by Andrea Howry / Lighthouse

Her hands painted purple, IT3 Ariana Medina of Underwater Construction Team 2 signs a banner opposing domestic violence as IT2 Stephanie Duran waits her turn.

Construction Mechanic 3rd Class Dan Nichols carefully placed his open palm, painted purple, onto a white banner and pressed hard.

“No one needs to live in an abusive home,” he said as his handprint became the first on Underwater Construction Team (UCT) 2’s public statement that it won’t tolerate domestic abuse. “It’s a matter of basic human rights.”

UCT-2 was one of several commands at Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC) that created a banner in October for National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Those banners are hanging in entranceways at not only UCT-2, but also Building 1 at Point Mugu, NBVC headquarters; the Fleet & Family Support Centers (FFSC) at Port Hueneme and Point Mugu; Naval Branch Health Clinic; Fleet Readiness Center, Detachment Point Mugu; Commander Airborne Command Control and Logistics Wing; Carrier Airborne Command and Control Squadron (VAW) 113; and Naval Mobile Construction Battalions 3 and 4.

Laura Hanson and Rosie Barnes, domestic abuse victim advocates for the Fleet & Family Support Center, visited those commands earlier this month, carrying empty banners — they called them “awareness canvases” — and purple paint so Sailors could emblazon their handprints onto the white canvas and sign it.

“This is an important cause,” said Senior Enlisted Leader Lenny Koelbel as he watched more than 50 of his divers sign the banner reading “We Are One Voice Against Domestic Violence.”

“I’m hoping this will bring an awareness that will cause intervention when people see it,” Koelbel added.

Hanson said the commands’ involvement reached a new height this year, with the banner idea being well-received.

“We take prevention so seriously because the impact of domestic abuse on someone is so severe,” she explained. “Apart from bruises, cuts, scrapes or broken bones, there are so many invisible wounds that cannot be seen.”

She said many victims suffer from anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, social withdrawal, hyper-vigilance, nightmares and physical ailments. “Victims may be unable to work or care for children, or they may turn to substance abuse to numb the pain,” she said.

Domestic violence can also carry through to future generations, she noted.

“Children witnessing violence between parents or caretakers is the strongest risk factor of transmitting violent behavior from one generation to the next,” she said. “Boys who witness violence are twice as likely to become abusive in future relationships, and girls who witness violence are more likely to find themselves in an abusive relationship in the future. Therefore, by working to prevent abuse in this generation, we are reducing abuse in the future generation.”

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