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Domestic Violence in the Military

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Laws current as of October 9, 2019

If I report domestic abuse, could my report affect the abuser’s job?

Every situation is unique and will be handled as such. However, when a Service member stops abusive behavior, follows treatment recommendations, and works to achieve more positive relationships, those are positive factors to be considered by the Service member’s command. With treatment, many Service members can make the long-term changes necessary to avoid future abusive behavior and continue a successful military service.

Service members who continue abusive behavior, fail to follow treatment plans, or cause serious injury to a spouse, partner, or family member may be subject to administrative discharge, court-martial proceedings, or other unfavorable personnel actions. Such determinations are made by the Office of Special Trial Counsel or the Service member’s chain of command in connection with the military justice system.