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These resources include DoD directives, instructions and guidance on family advocacy and child abuse issues.

DoD Directive 6400.1, "Family Advocacy Program," August 23, 2004 This Directive establishes the Family Advocacy Program (FAP) and assigns responsibilities for working to prevent family violence, identifying victims of abuse, assessing families experiencing domestic and child abuse, and providing treatment for those families.

DoD Instruction 6400.5, "New Parent Support Program (NPSP)," June 13, 2012 This Instruction implements policy, assigns responsibilities, and prescribes procedures under DoD Directive 6400.1 for the NPSP, a standardized secondary prevention program for parents who are at risk for engaging in child abuse. The NPSP uses an intensive, voluntary home visitation model developed specifically for expectant parents and parents of children from birth to three years of age to reduce the risk of child abuse.

DoD Instruction 6400.06, "Domestic Abuse Involving DoD Military and Certain Affiliated Personnel," August 21, 2007, Incorporating Change 1, September 20, 2011 This Instruction establishes, implements, and updates domestic abuse policies and identifies and assigns responsibilities for preventing and responding to domestic abuse. It includes provisions related to Military Protections Orders, Fatality Review, and other topics that are relevant in child abuse cases. Enclosures 4 and 5 of this policy also contain sample MOUs for criminal investigative and law enforcement organizations and legal officials.

DoD 6400.1-M, "Family Advocacy Program Standards and Self-Assessment Tool," August 20, 1992 This Manual prescribes uniform standards for all installation FAPs and provides installation FAP Officers (FAPOs) with an instrument for executing their programs.

DoD 6400.1-M-1, "Manual for Child Maltreatment and Domestic Abuse Incident Reporting System," July 15, 2005, Incorporating Change 1, September 20, 2011 This Manual prescribes procedures for completion and submission of information about substantiated and unsubstantiated reports of child maltreatment and domestic abuse incidents.

Victim Advocate Safety Plan, DD Form 2893, March 1, 2005 This safety plan template is to be used to assist victims of domestic abuse to plan for increased safety and to prepare in advance for the possibility of further abuse or violence.

DoD Instruction 6400.3, "Family Advocacy Program Command Assistance Team," April 25, 2014 This Instruction establishes policy, assigns responsibility, and prescribes procedures for implementation of the Family Advocacy Command Assistance Team (FACAT). The FACAT helps local installation personnel in managing a case of child sexual abuse in a DoD out-of-home care program when multiple children are identified as actual or potential victims.

DoD Instruction 1402.5, "Criminal History Background Checks on Individuals in Child Care Services," January 19, 1993 This Instruction establishes policy, assigns responsibility, and prescribes procedures for criminal history background checks for all existing and newly hired individuals involved in the provision of child care services as federal employees, contractors, or in federal facilities to children under the age of eighteen.

DoD Instruction 1342.24, "Transitional Compensation for Abused Dependents," May 23, 1995, Incorporating Change 1, January 16, 1997 This Instruction implements policy, assigns responsibilities, and prescribes procedures for payment of monthly transitional compensation to dependents of members separated for dependent abuse.

Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness (USD(P&R)) Memorandum, "Duration of Payment for Transitional Compensation for Abused Dependents," June 14, 2004 This Directive Type Memorandum (DTM) implements changes to the Transitional Compensation Program mandated by congressional legislation.

 


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