Domestic Abuse During The Military Essay

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Overview of Domestic Abuse in the Military
The year was 1999 when Ed Bradley a reporter for the 60 Minutes news program first catapulted the issue of domestic violence in the military onto the national stage. Having analyzed Pentagon records from 1992 through 1996, Bradley reported that the rates of abuse were up to five times higher in military communities than in the general populous. Bradley further reported that the DOD was neglecting the problem, leaving victims at risk and abusers unaccountable. Congress took swift action through the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2000 (Section 591 of P.L. 106-65) mandating the Secretary of Defense to establish the Defense Task Force on Domestic Violence (DTFDV). Empowered by Congress to evaluate and make recommendations to improve the DOD’s handling of domestic violence in the military; the DTFDV issued three reports over a period of three years. (Stamm, 2009, pg. 326) The Task Force charged with the responsibility of formulating a long-term strategic plan issued their initial report on February 28, 2001. It included the recommendations of a team of twenty-four experts divided into four major work groups, including, victim safety, offender accountability, education and training, as well as collaboration with the local community. The more than sixty-eight recommendations enabled the Task Force to address specific domestic violence issues outlined in Congress’ authorizing legislation while anticipating future…

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