October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs wants to remind Veterans across the country that there is help for those wanting to get away from a potentially dangerous situation. VA’s Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) and Grant and Per Diem (GPD) provide housing and other services for Veterans experiencing domestic violence and intimate partner violence. SSVF rapid rehousing is an intervention designed to help homeless Veterans and their families quickly access permanent housing. The GPD program provides housing and supportive services to help homeless Veterans achieve residential stability, increase their skill levels and income and attain greater self-determination.



Col. Ryan Messer, 4th Fighter Wing vice commander, plants a sign next to a road to spread awareness of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Oct. 2, 2018, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. Domestic violence is the single largest cause of injury to women between the ages of 15 and 44 in the United States, according to the American College of Emergency Physicians. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jacob B. Derry)