Did you know that in one year alone, more than 18,000 incidents of domestic
violence and spousal abuse were reported to the military services? More
than 10,000 of these cases were substantiated. About 62 percent of all
defendants were active duty military members, while about 38 percent were
the spouse of an active duty military member. 66 percent of all victims
were female, while 34 percent were male. In the military, domestic homicides
are also frequently reported. From 1995 to 2001, 54 homicides occurred
in the Navy and Marine Cops. 131 homicides were reported in the Army in
this span of time, and 32 occurred in the Air Force.
A 2003 study reported that about 30 percent of all active duty military
women have been abused by an intimate partner in their lifetime. 21.6
percent of these women say that they were abused while on active duty.
If you are a military member and have been accused of domestic violence,
you case can be handled two ways. The military justice system may choose
to investigate and try you for the domestic violence charges. You may
also have to work with the Family Advocacy System. These are two separate
systems that are not connected but both have the same goal: to protect
military families from abuse.
The family advocacy program will deal with treatments, classes, and prevention
of future incidents of
domestic violence. The military justice system will deal with your sentencing and carry
out your punishments. When it comes to domestic violence in the military,
a lot is at stake. Not only do members risk the dangers of punishment
and criminal prosecution, but they may also lose their jobs in the process.
If you have been tried for domestic violence in a military court, it’s
essential that you get a military criminal defense lawyer on your side.
Talk to an attorney at The Federal Practice Group today and secure a lawyer
who is devoted to military member defense!