By Kacy Mixon, M.S., LMFT
Partnering with Victims:
It is Department of Defense policy to:
“Provide for the safety of victims, hold abusers appropriately accountable for their behavior; and coordinate the response to domestic abuse with the local community.” 
Community coordinated responses are a way to prioritize the safety and welfare of victims and children experiencing domestic violence. Outlined in DoD instructions are military protocol connected to the prevention and responses to domestic violence. The protocol that military personnel (Commanders, Victims Advocates, etc.) adhere to have a vital role in creating partnerships with the military and civilian community. Nearly three quarters of military families live off-base . The chart below shows active participants that aid in community partnerships.
 Department of Defense. (2011). Domestic Violence Involving DoD Military and Certain Affiliated Personnel. Retrieved on July 14, 2013 from: http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/pdf/640006p.pdf. (p. 2)
 Smith, L.B., Mixon, K.A. (2013). Unit 3: Safety. Family Centered Treatment: Domestic Violence Training. [Online curriculum].
This post was written by Kacy Mixon, M.S., LMFT, Social Media Specialist. She is a member of the MFLN Family Development (FD) team which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn.