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Domestic Violence in the Military

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Updated: 
August 19, 2020

Can my pet be included in an MPO?

Military-connected victims may also request that their Military Protective Order (MPO) include pet protection by mentioning their animals under Section 7 (m), “other specific provisions of this Order” on DD-Form 2873 “Military Protective Order.” Victims may also choose to include information regarding pets, including threats or harm to animals by the abuser, under Section 5 of the MPO form, “information supporting issuance of this MPO.”1

The Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) recognizes how an abuser might use pets as a means to intimidate and threaten victims, and it makes communicating threats to injure a victim’s pet a crime.2

1 Military Protective Order, DD FORM 2873, February 2020, https://www.esd.whs.mil/Portals/54/Documents/DD/forms/dd/dd2873_2020.pdf
2 10 U.S. Code § 928b - Art. 128b. Domestic Violence, https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/10/928b and 10 U.S. Code § 915 - Art. 115. Communicating threats, https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/10/915