Reporting Abuse

Family violence, whether it’s child abuse and neglect or domestic violence between couples, is a national social problem. And, unfortunately, military families are not immune.

The Department of Defense regards family violence as serious and a violation of our core military values. Abuse damages victims, their families, and the military community. As a community, we must end it. One incident of family violence is one too many. In addition, personnel who are preoccupied with family conflict, or may miss duty assignments because of it, hurts mission readiness.

To stop family violence, we need your help. Department of Defense policy requires everyone to report suspected cases of family violence to the Family Advocacy Program. We are ready to intervene on your behalf, to provide necessary safety, support, and services, as well as coordinate the military and civilian public agencies.

No service member, intimate partner, or child deserves to be abused. It is not his or her fault. The effects of physical, emotional, and sexual abuse can last a lifetime. Please realize that choosing not to inform the military prevents you from enlisting the support of the command and military resources designed to help families. It is the responsibility of every person in the military community to help stop family violence.

If you work for Defense Distribution Center, Susquehanna, Defense Distribution Center, Susquehanna Installation Support, or live in installation housing and you or your children or someone you know is a victim of abuse, call Defense Distribution Center, Susquehanna Installation Support Police at (717) 770-6270 or Family Advocacy at (717) 770-7066.

Department of Defense (DoD)
Domestic Violence Reporting Policy

The DoD is committed to ensuring victims of domestic abuse are protected, treated with dignity and respect, and provided support, advocacy and care.

DoD policy also strongly supports effective command awareness and prevention programs, as well as, law enforcement and criminal justice activities that will maximize accountability and prosecution of perpetrators of domestic abuse.

To achieve these dual objectives, DoD policy prefers that personnel report suspected domestic abuse incidents promptly to activate both victims’ services and add accountability actions.

However, a requirement that all domestic abuse incidents be reported can represent a barrier for victims hoping to gain access to medical and victim advocacy services without command or law enforcements involvement.

In order to address these competing interests, adult victims of domestic abuse incidents now have two reporting options: unrestricted reporting and restricted reporting.

Unrestricted Reporting

Victims of domestic abuse who want to pursue an official investigation of an incident should use current reporting channels, e.g., chain of command, Family Advocacy Program (FAP), or law enforcement. Upon notification of a reported domestic abuse incident, victim advocacy services and FAP clinical services will be offered to the victim.

Additionally, at the victims’ discretion/request, the health care provider will conduct any forensic medical examination deemed appropriate. Details regarding the incident will be limited to only those personnel who have a legitimate need to know.

Restricted Reporting

Restricted reporting allows an adult victim of domestic abuse to disclose the details of his or her abuse to specifically identified individuals and receive medical treatment and victim advocacy services without requiring that notice be provided to the victim’s or alleged offender’s commander or law enforcement.
Victims of domestic abuse who desire restricted reporting under this policy must report the abuse to one of the following specified individuals: a victim advocate, a victim advocate supervisor or health care provider.

Additionally, a victim’s disclosure of his or her domestic abuse to persons other than those covered by this policy may result in an investigation of the allegations by law enforcement and clinical intervention from FAP.