Domestic violence in the military: Women's policy preferences and beliefs concerning routine screening and mandatory reporting

Andrea Carlson Gielen, Jacquelyn Campbell, Mary A. Garza, Patricia O'Campo, Jacqueline Dienemann, Joan Kub, Alison Snow Jones, David W. Lloyd

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Abstract

Objectives: This study describes active duty military (ADM) women's beliefs and preferences concerning domestic violence (DV) policy in the military. Methods: Telephone interviews were completed with 474 ADM women from all services, 119 of whom had experienced DV during their military service. Results: A majority (57%) supported routine screening. Although 87% said the military's policy on mandatory reporting should remain the same, only 48% thought abuse should be reported to the commanding officer; abused women were significantly less likely than nonabused women to agree with this aspect of the policy. ADM women's beliefs were similar to those of women in a previously studied civilian sample, except that 73% of ADM compared to 43% of civilian women thought routine screening would increase women's risk of further abuse. Conclusions: ADM women recognized both advantages and disadvantages of current DV policies. More research is urgently needed about actual outcomes of screening and reporting policies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)729-735
Number of pages7
JournalMilitary medicine
Volume171
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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