Reporting Options for Domestic Abuse: Restricted -vs- Unrestricted

Individuals experiencing domestic abuse have the right to choose their reporting option and Victim Advocates are available to explain these two options as well as any limitations.  Victim Advocates are available to support abuse victims regardless of the reporting option or whether the individual decides to work on their marriage or leave the abusive relationship.

 

Important information regarding domestic abuse advocacy, response, and community resources.

The Family Advocacy Victim Advocate Program provides emergency and follow-up support to adult victims of domestic abuse. Domestic abuse includes physical, emotional and sexual abuse between individuals who are/were married, live(d) together, or share a child in common. Advocacy services are available to service members, current or former spouses, individuals who share or have shared a child or domicile with the service member as well as current or former intimate partners. Advocacy services are available 24/7. Advocates may be reached at (270) 412-5500 during duty hours (Monday - Friday 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.). After duty hours an advocate may be reached through the Victim Advocate Hotline: (931) 980-5787.

Advocacy services include crisis response, information on reporting options, safety planning, assistance with obtaining protective orders, and accompaniment to medical forensic exams as well as court proceedings. Whether you need to relocate for safety reasons or want to stay and work on your marriage, a Victim Advocate is available to help. Advocates also work closely with their civilian counter-parts and provide a “warm-hand-off” for victims who do not qualify for on-going advocacy services within the military community.

While Army policy prefers personnel report all suspected cases of domestic abuse promptly to activate victim services and accountability actions, the requirement for all domestic abuse incidents to be reported can represent a barrier for victims who might require medical attention and victim services without command or a law enforcement response. Therefore the Army has implemented a Restricted Reporting Option for individuals to confidentially disclose allegations of abuse and receive needed medical treatment and services.

Allows individuals experiencing domestic violence to confidentially disclose the abuse to a Victim Advocate, a Victim Advocate Supervisor, or a Healthcare Provider. When an individual chooses a restricted report, law enforcement is not involved and there is no investigation of the abuse. In addition, the Soldier’s Command is not notified of the abuse and is unable to offer assistance and protection.

The restricted reporting option allows an individual to receive medical treatment, advocacy services as well as clinical and pastoral counseling. This option allows one to receive needed services, control the release of their personal information, and time to consider their options.

Under this reporting option, the offender is not held accountable and the abuse may continue. If an assessment reveals a high risk for future injury, a restricted report may not be granted. If Command or Fort Campbell Police learn about the abuse the report may become unrestricted.

*In Kentucky, all healthcare providers are required to report incidents of domestic abuse to law enforcement officials. This includes all medical/dental facilities on the Kentucky side of Fort Campbell.

Victims of domestic abuse who want to pursue an official investigation of an incident should report the abuse to law enforcement, or the alleged offender’s Commander. The unrestricted reporting option provides a victim with the widest array of services available including but not limited to command involvement, law enforcement involvement, medical treatment, advocacy services, and counseling services.

Not all incidents of domestic abuse are the same and each person who experiences domestic abuse handles their situation differently. For more information, please contact a victim advocate at (270) 412-5500 or (931) 980-5787.

Domestic abuse is a command driven program and Commanders play an integral part in ensuring the safety, health and well-being of our Army Families. Commanders who learn of an incident of domestic abuse are required to notify law enforcement. At Fort Campbell, Command Policy 7 must be initiated by Commanders when alleged incidents of abuse occurs.

Tools to assist commanders respond to incidents of domestic abuse include:

  • Command Policy Letter 7
  • Military Protective Orders
  • Emergency Relocation
  • Transitional Compensation

Agencies incumbent of assisting commanders effect a coordinated community response on Fort Campbell include:

  • Family Advocacy Victim Advocate Program
  • Fort Campbell Military Police
  • Office of the Staff Judge Advocate/Judge Advocate General
  • BACH FAP (RPOC)
  • Inspector General’s Office

Healthcare Professionals on Fort Campbell are a part of the Department of the Army’s Domestic Abuse Restricted Reporting Option. When a Healthcare provider believes that an individual is in a violent or abusive relationship, their response is to contact BACH FAP who will notify the Victim Advocate Program and coordinate follow up care.

Please contact the Blanchfield Army Community Hospital’s Family Advocacy Program at (270) 798-8601 for more information.

  • The right to be treated with fairness and with respect for your dignity and privacy
  • The right to be reasonably protected from the accused offender.
  • The right to be notified of court proceedings.
  • The right to present at all public court proceedings related to the offense, unless the court determines that your testimony would be materially affected if you as the victim heard other testimony at trial.
  • The right to confer with the attorney for the government in the case
  • The right to available restitution
  • The right to information about the conviction, sentencing, imprisonment, and release of the offender.

Emergencies Dial 911

Non-Emergencies:

A violent relationship puts you and your children at risk for injury and even death. Developing a safety plan tailored to meet the needs of your family will enable you get out of a potentially dangerous situation. If your children are old enough, mature enough or even responsible enough to assist you during a violent or potentially violent episode of domestic abuse, you may consider including them in your plan to keep everyone safe. A good safety plan considers which steps to take if you choose to stay in the relationship or if you choose to leave.

Here are some tips during the explosive phase:

  • Move to a room with easy access to an exit. Don't go to the kitchen, bathroom, or near possible weapons.
  • Know the quickest route out of your home. Practice escaping that way.
  • Know the quickest route out of your workplace. Practice escaping that way. Domestic Violence does not just occur in your home.
  • Pack a bag and have it ready. Keep it hidden but make it easy to grab quickly.
  • Tell your neighbors about your abuse and ask them to call the police when they hear a disturbance.
  • Have a code word to use with your kids, family, and friends. They will know to call the police and get you help.
  • Know where you are going to go, if you ever have to leave.
  • Use your instincts.
  • You have the right to protect yourself and your children.

Military Protection Orders
Unit Commanders may issue a Military Protective Order (MPO) to ensure the safety of service members, Family members, and other individuals from the threat of domestic violence. Military Protection Orders (MPO) is a written lawful order issued by a commander that orders a Soldier to avoid contact with his or her spouse or children. Command must, within 24 hours, provide a written copy of the MPO to the protected person, Fort Campbell Military Police, BACH FAP, and ACS FAP. An individual should report violations of the MPO to law enforcement.

Conditions of Release

Following an arrest, individuals are obligated to obey a COR or Conditions of Release. This COR may prohibit direct or indirect contact with the victim. The individual may be required to vacate the home and refrain from carrying a weapon as well. Violation of the COR may ultimately result in arrest.

Civilian Protection Orders
A Civilian Order of Protection is an order signed by a Judge that directs an individual to stop abusing, stalking, harassing and/or committing acts of sexual violence against an individual. An individual may file a CPO against current or former spouse, someone that an individual shares a child in common, an individual with whom you have shared a residence with, someone related to you by blood or marriage or someone with whom you were in a relationship with or dated.

Where to Obtain Civilian Orders of Protection:

  • Kentucky:
    • Hopkinsville, Christian County
      100 Justice Way, Hopkinsville, KY 42240
      (270) 889-6539
      Available 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Tennessee:
    • Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee
      120 Franklin St. Clarksville, TN 37040
      (931) 552-6656
    • Montgomery County Court
      2 Millennium Way (North 2nd Street), Clarksville, TN 37040
    • Dover, Stewart County
      Stewart County Courthouse
      225 Donelson Parkway, Dover, TN 37058
      (932) 232-8474

 

This Power & Control Wheel is often used to explain ways various tactics are utilized to control victims of abuse.  These tactics are often used by an abusive partner to keep their victim in the relationship.  Victim Advocates help identify resources that address various needs of the individual. 

 

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VICTIM ADVOCATE PROGRAM

Primary: (270) 412-5500 Secondary: (931) 980-5787

Primary: (270) 412-5500

Secondary: (931) 980-5787

Sunday Closed
Monday 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Thursday 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Friday 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday Closed

Building: 1501

1501 William C. Lee Road
Fort Campbell, Kentucky 42223

NOTICE: To report domestic violence or child abuse, contact BACH's Family Advocacy Program. During Business Hours (270) 798-8601 After Duty Hours (270) 798-8400 Victim Advocate Hotline (this line is manned 24/7) (931) 980-5787 New Parent Support Program (270) 484-3695 For all other assistance please visit militaryonesource.com or call Military OneSource 1-800-342-9647