Abuse, Family and Child

Research indicates that domestic violence suffered within military families is greater than that in the civilian community. The lack of uniformity in command’s response to domestic violence incidents often creates obstacles to appropriate treatment and intervention. The Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) offers guidance regarding remedies and punishment. However, domestic violence is not clearly defined or coded in the UCMJ.

Depending on the severity of the case, a soldier may be charged with assault, battery, or rape. In most cases, domestic violence offenses are addressed by non-court-martial proceedings. Punishment or sanctions can range from written reprimands to loss in liberty, loss in pay, and/or loss in rank. A military protective order may also be issued. This entry examines domestic violence in military families, including ...

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