Dynamics of Intimate Partner Violence & Veterans

October 12, 2021


Tuesday, Oct. 12 @ 9 a.m. | After combat stress, violence can show up at home. What exactly does this mean? It isn't uncommon for veterans to come home from combat zones that have left them with signs and symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Many veterans have received this diagnosis. However, we see that vets are three times more likely to be violent at home. PTSD that does not seem to disappear builds into aggression where the target is often the wife or girlfriend. Intimate partner violence (IPV) has no respecter for persons. It affects both veterans and their families. Programs like the Intimate Partner Violence Assistance Program (IPVAP) aim to help veterans and their families who are impacted by physical, emotional and sexual violence. Join us as we partner with the Birmingham VA Medical Center to explore the dynamics of IVP and the services and programs available for veterans and their families.

This webinar will explore:

  • The dynamics of IPV 
  • The dynamics of veterans and IPV
  • The challenges of veterans and their families who are experiencing IPV 
  • Available services to the veteran and their family members 
  • Civilian programs currently collaborating with Department of Veterans Affairs IPV Assistance Programs 

Host: Danielle Mars 

Presenter: Amanda Phillips 

This presentation is in partnership with the Birmingham VA Medical Center Intimate Partner Violence Assistance Program (IPVAP).


Tuesday, Oct. 12 @ 9 a.m.

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Danielle Mars, M.Ed.  - Mars is a native of Marion, AL, and received her bachelor’s degree in psychology and master’s degree in community counseling, both from Auburn Montgomery. She has been working in the SA/DV field for more than five years, with the last three years at YWCA Central Alabama in the role as Victim Services Coordinator located at One Place FJC in Birmingham, AL and currently as the Client Services Manager.

Danielle feels passionate about helping others gain pathways to new beginnings and helping others understand that domestic violence is a public health issue. In her spare time, she likes to read, thrift shop and visit with her partner, best friend and godsons. She is currently attending Alabama A&M University for a Master of Social Work. 


Amanda Phillips, MSW, LICSW - Amanda Phillips is a licensed social worker at the Birmingham VA Medical Center. Mrs. Phillips has been in the social work profession for over 20 years with experience in working with children, families, adults, trauma, PTSD, substance abuse, suicide prevention, grant writing, development/implementation, mentoring, consultation, supervision and medical social work. Mrs. Phillips graduated from Oklahoma Baptist University with a bachelor's in social work and then graduated from Roberts Wesleyan University in Rochester, NY with a Master of Social work.

Mrs. Phillips has been at the BVAMC for over eight years and is currently the Intimate Partner Violence Assistance Program Coordinator. As the IPAV-C, Mrs. Phillips helps promote education, awareness and advocacy for veterans, their partners and VA employees who may use or experience violence in relationships.

Mrs. Phillips enjoys spending time with her family and teaching jazzercise when she is not working. Mrs. Phillips is an avid reader and enjoys all things true crime.