by Editorial Team

(Feb. 28, 2022) — Domestic violence is one issue that still needs to be taken care of by various organizations or governments to prevent it from having more cases. Moreover, it’s believed that there are still victims that aren’t reporting their experience regarding abuse because they want to maintain and don’t want to taint their relationships with the abuser in their homes. 

However, there are still specifics for domestic violence, which falls into different law courts that can handle it. Families, particularly the military, also endure violence. This article will explain and enumerate the six things you need to know about domestic violence if you’re from a military family.

  1. Different Offices Or Groups Handle Cases Of Domestic Violence

There are types of domestic violence that particularize on what family it occurs, there are also committees that have jurisdiction to investigate it. The difference between military law vs civilian law is that local courts or other offices have jurisdiction if a civilian committed abuse. 

On the other hand, military families who have endured domestic violence will be shouldered by the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Hence, the different jurisdictions and committees from the civilians. 

  1. Military Personnel Can Avail Free Legal Services

The military will assign the defendant or prosecution a free attorney if a military family has encountered domestic abuse. Having free legal assistance from the military may have its advantages, like you can save expenses, but there are also disadvantages because they’ll be strict.

Moreover, assistance from the military may ensure that the due process or trial will be fair and just for both parties. The military will strictly uphold its code of ethics, especially if it concerns its interests and conduct. To those military families seeking legal assistance, you may also want to check your prospective lawyer’s credentials, records, or attitude for they’ll represent you in the trial. 

  1. Your Family Can Seek Assistance From The Military 

The military or government assists victims, perpetrators, and children who have been experiencing domestic abuse. They can offer professional services like a mental health check-up, planning for their safety if something comes up again, and abuser rehabilitation. 

Further, victims may choose to receive counseling if they don’t want to endure the trauma and seek support from medical experts. If you’re a victim from a military family that experiences domestic violence, you may consult a psychologist or psychiatrist if you aren’t comfortable seeking help from the military itself. 

  1. If Your Abuser Is From The Military, They Can Receive Various Sanctions

The military or government will not go blind eye to the victims and their experiences regarding domestic abuse. Besides various jurisdictions handing over benefits to victims, the military will hold its erring members accountable for its case. For example, they can decide with detention, reducing or not paying the salary, and discharge from the military service.

In addition, they can also give military protection orders from family members who have been victims of domestic abuse from military personnel. This way, the state will protect them from their abuser, who may have a lot of power or strength to do more to them.  

  1. The Victims May Ask Compensation From The Government 

In some laws in other countries, particularly in military services, a spouse can ask for compensation if she has been enduring domestic violence because of their military personnel relatives. These are called settlements to which the victim of domestic abuse can apply. There are also strict criteria to begin with so that it’s valid to get compensation from the military. Here is the following list:

  • The guilty service member must have served for thirty (30) days or longer on active duty;
  • The guilty military member must have been dismissed by court-martial or administrative separation; and
  • The mistreatment of the dependent must be the reason for the service member’s separation.
  1. The Military Can Take Away The Gun Of The Guilty Abuser 

Suppose the abuser is guilty of domestic violence in a court for the crime, in a general or special court for military domestic violence. In that case, the military can remove any guns and ammunition issued by the government, and may revoke the abuser’s right to possess government-issued weapons and ammunition. This will prevent the abuser from being near guns and cause more hurt and damage to other people too. 

Conclusion

Even if reporting domestic violence is hard, it’s always proper and valid to stand against your abusers, even if they’re your family. No family should, in any way, hurt their relatives. Various institutions or organizations are always open to lend help to those victims of domestic violence, especially in the line of military services, which should uphold proper etiquette and human rights.

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