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Title: Wife Abuse in the Armed Forces
Author(s): L A West; W M Turner; E Dunwoody
Corporate Author: Ctr for Women Policy Studies
United States of America
Date Published: 1981
Page Count: 193
Sponsoring Agency: Ctr for Women Policy Studies
Washington, DC 20036
National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
US Dept of Health and Human Services
Washington, DC 20447
US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
Washington, DC 20531
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study was undertaken to examine wife abuse and its exacerbating factors within the military, to examine current military programs and policies that deal with wife abuse, and to make recommendations for improving programs better to serve military families.
Abstract: Information was drawn from interviews and correspondence with battered military wives, policymakers, and social service, legal, and medical officials. Site visits to programs for violent families at bases in the United States and abroad also were conducted. Among factors identified as contributing to wife abuse in the military were financial pressures, family separation, the isolation associated with geographic mobility, and the woman's role and identity in the military. Additional factors include military rank and role expectations, drug and alcohol abuse, combat stress, and financial and language barriers to communications overseas. The Department of Defense Family Advocacy Program sets policy for all the Armed Forces in addressing the prevention, evaluation, treatment and reporting of child and spouse abuse. When the program is implemented fully, managers from each branch of service will manage and monitor their service's program. Each will establish a central case management file for documentation and treatment tracking. Each also will coordinate with other organizations for the exchange of information on operational, medical, psychological, and counseling aspects of the program. Efforts also will be undertaken to avoid duplication of and gaps in service provision. How the Army, Air Force, and Navy/Marines might implement Department of Defense policy directives in their own programs is considered. Military programs for abused women and their spouses are described in terms of staffing, funding, training, and service provision (crisis intervention, counseling, and shelter). Military legal options for dealing with domestic violence are summarized. Recommendations, based on research materials, are presented for improving both policy and programs within the armed forces. Extensive notes are included. Appendixes provide additional information on women's advocacy programs, the Uniform Code of Military Justice, legal aid, and civilian and military sources contacted in the course of the study. Also provided are 74 references.
Index Term(s): Abused women; Caseload management; Crime Causes; Domestic assault; Family counseling; Military justice; Policy; Program evaluation; Victim services; Videotapes
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