Saturday, March 4, 2006
The Department of Defense has launched a program that it hopes will curb domestic violence among members of the military. Among the features of the program is one that will provide a victim of violence access to medical care and victim advocacy services without immediate command or law enforcement involvement. It is hoped that this will encourage victims to come forward who otherwise would not do so because of a fear that reporting violence would have immediate repercussions on the military career of the family member offender, and directly impact the family’s financial welfare. A National Domestic Violence Hotline was also created and is staffed 24 hours a day, every day. Counselors can provide crisis intervention, information, and referrals in 140 languages. Call 800-799-SAFE (7233), 800-787-3224 (TTY), or go to www.ndvh.org. Source: Lisa Burgess, Stars and Stripes, estripes.com. For the complete story, please click here (last visited March 4, 2006, reo).