The National Center's Executive Director, Debby Tucker, served as co-chair of the U.S. Department of Defense Task Force on Domestic Violence (DTFDV). The Task Force examined the responses to both offenders and victims, made recommendations for improvement of systems and collaboration with civilian groups, and reported annually to Congress. One Congressional achievement is the passage of the Armed Forces Domestic Security Act, by Representative Robin Hayes, (R-NC), who in just three months ensured full faith and credit enforcement of protection orders issued by civilian courts on military lands.
While the DTFDV was a three-year project (2001-2003), the U.S. Department of Defense and Congress are continually conferring as they implement the recommendations of the Task Force. In addition, the National Center is collaborating with numerous organizations across the country to implement the Task Force's training recommendations for military law enforcement, chaplains, Family Advocacy Staff, JAG officers, and command staff.
Task Force on the Care of Victims of Sexual Assault
In the spring of 2004, Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld called for a task force to report to him about sexual assault in the military. The Task Force on the Care of Victims of Sexual Assault (TFCVSA) was chaired by Ellen P. Embrey and was composed of eight members, eight full-time members: six women and two men. There were four active-duty military men and women, and four civilians. And they represented representatives from the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the military departments and the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The TFCVSA was established on February 13, 2004 and had 90 days to issues its findings. There has been significant activity starting with the Task Force issuing its report and recommendations, policy initiatives and other work to implement the recommendations.
TFCVSA Hot Line 800/497-6261 (9:00 am – 9:00 pm, ET, M-F)
Military / Civilian Coordinated Community Response to Domestic Violence
The Military / Civilian Coordinated Community Response Demonstration Project was a collaborative effort to create guidelines to coordinate the response of civilian and military agencies in domestic violence cases involving military personnel. The project had two demonstration sites: Jacksonville, FL, and its two Naval stations: JAX and Mayport, and the Army’s Fort Campbell with the surrounding communities of Clarksville, TN and Hopkinsville, KY.
Collaborating for Safety: Coordinating the Military and Civilian Response to Domestic Violence Elements and Tools by Jane M. Sadusky, provides an overview of the processes used in the implementation of the OVW funded Military / Civilian Coordinated Community Response Demonstration Project. The goal of this project was to create guidelines for coordinating the response of civilian and military agencies to domestic violence cases involving military personnel that enhance victim safety and autonomy, effectively hold perpetrators accountable for ending their violence, and provide safety and support to children exposed to violence in these families.