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Evaluation of Military Services’ Law Enforcement Responses to Domestic Violence Incidents

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dc.date.accessioned 2019-09-30T14:31:01Z
dc.date.available 2019-09-30T14:31:01Z
dc.date.issued 2019
dc.identifier.citation (2019). Evaluation of Military Services’ Law Enforcement Responses to Domestic Violence Incidents. Department of Defense Inspector General, 124 pgs. en_US
dc.identifier.govdoc DODIG-2019-075
dc.identifier.uri https://media.defense.gov/2019/Apr/25/2002120678/-1/-1/1/DODIG-2019-075.PDF
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11990/1614
dc.description Report en_US
dc.description.abstract We determined whether: Military Service law enforcement policies related to responding to domestic violence incidents were consistent with DoD Instruction (DoDI) 6400.06,“Domestic Abuse Involving DoD Military and Certain Affiliated Personnel,” August 31, 2007, (Incorporating Change 2, July 9, 2015); and Military Service law enforcement organizations complied with DoD policy when responding to nonsexual domestic violence incidents with adult victims....The Military Service law enforcement policies related to responding to incidents of domestic violence that we evaluated were consistent with DoDI 6400.06. They also included procedures, not found in DoDI 6400.06, that are designed to enhance law enforcement personnel’s response to domestic violence incidents. However, we determined that Military Service law enforcement organizations did not consistently comply with DoD policies when responding to nonsexual domestic violence incidents with adult victims. Specifically, we evaluated 219 domestic violence incidents and found that Military Service law enforcement organizations did not consistently process crime scenes (62 of 219), conduct thorough interviews (148 of 219), notify FAP of domestic violence incidents (49 of 219), or submit criminal history data to the DCII, the FBI CJIS Division, and the Defense Forensics Science Center (DFSC) (180 out of 219). Several factors contributed to Military Service law enforcement not complying with DoD law enforcement policies. Specifically, we determined that Military Service law enforcement commanders instructed law enforcement personnel to implement practices that were not consistent with DoD requirements which resulted in noncompliance. For example, a commander instructed law enforcement personnel to rely on the victim’s command officials to take followup photographs of victims’ injuries, rather than have law enforcement personnel take the photos. In addition, Military Service law enforcement personnel did not have the necessary equipment, such as cameras and digital field exploitation systems, to comply with DoD policies that require law enforcement personnel to collect and preserve evidence. Further, Military Service law enforcement supervisors did not perform effective supervisory oversight of domestic violence incident responses. For example, we found that supervisors did not review incident reports or only performed superficial reviews, which did not identify or correct the deficiencies discussed in the report. (Author Abstract) en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Department of Defense Inspector General en_US
dc.subject Research en_US
dc.subject Military en_US
dc.subject Law Enforcement en_US
dc.subject Soldiers en_US
dc.subject Domestic Violence en_US
dc.subject Domestic Abuse en_US
dc.subject Intimate Partner Violence en_US
dc.subject Spouse Abuse en_US
dc.subject Children Exposed to Violence en_US
dc.subject Family Violence en_US
dc.subject Responses to Victimization en_US
dc.subject Investigation en_US
dc.subject Victims en_US
dc.subject Evidence en_US
dc.subject Chain of Command en_US
dc.subject Supervisors en_US
dc.subject Information Gathering en_US
dc.subject Information Sharing en_US
dc.subject DNA Testing en_US
dc.subject Workplace Policies en_US
dc.subject Standardization en_US
dc.subject Case Management en_US
dc.subject Procedures en_US
dc.subject Service Members en_US
dc.subject Civilians en_US
dc.title Evaluation of Military Services’ Law Enforcement Responses to Domestic Violence Incidents en_US
dc.type Other en_US


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