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A Considerable Service: An Advocate’s Introduction to Domestic Violence and the Military  

Author:  Christine  Hansen.

Source: Volume 06, Number 04, April/May 2001 , pp.49-54(6)

Domestic Violence Report

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This article provides information about domestic violence in a special population, the military community. The article outlines the ways in which advocates can assist victims with safety, protection, rights, restitution, transition and accountability. The military community operates very differently from civilian ones, with its own laws, regulations and practices. Some aspects are standardized across all branches of the service, others are specific to only one or two branches. All use an enormous amount of jargon, acronyms and abbreviations. In practice, the Command has enormous influence on how seriously domestic violence will be treated on his/her base, and how much pressure will be placed on an abuser.

Keywords: “The War At Home” produced by “60 Minutes”; zero tolerance not clear and consistent; Military Protective Orders; MPOs

Affiliations:  1: The Miles Foundation.

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