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Family Violence and Military Policies and Procedures

By Vicky O. Kimbrell

Confronting family violence in a military context can present unique problems to legal services attorneys. Internal military policy and procedure can appear to impede the prosecution of abuse unless the lawyer is familiar with Department of Defense directives. For the adequate representation of the spouse or family member of military personnel in domestic violence situations, legal services attorneys must be knowledgeable about those directives of the armed forces.

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