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Intimate Partner Violence in the Military: Treatment Considerations

NCJ Number
Aggression and Violent Behavior Volume: 17 Issue: 1 Dated: January/February 2012 Pages: 53-58
Keith Klostermann; Theresa Mignone; Michelle L. Kelley; Sabrina Musson; Gregory Bohall
Date Published
February 2012
6 pages
This article examines the problem of intimate partner violence among military families.
While considerable research has examined the prevalence of IPV in civilian couples, much less information is available on married or cohabitating couples in which one or both parents are active duty soldiers or veterans of foreign wars. In this review, the authors explore various aspects of the partner violence phenomena among military personnel (i.e., active duty and veterans) and their implications for intervention. The authors highlight (a) the scope of the problem, (b) discuss domestic violence as defined by the Department of Defense (DOD), (c) list prevalence rates of IPV among military families, (d) identify correlates of IPV, and (e) discuss treatment options for providers working with these couples. The authors also discuss the barriers to intervention and their implications for victims, perpetrators, and providers. Conclusions and recommendations for future research directions are also briefly discussed. (Published Abstract)