These resources include Department of Defense directives, instructions and guidance on family advocacy and child abuse issues.
DoD Directive 6400.01, “Family Advocacy Program,” July 22, 2019: This instruction establishes the Family Advocacy Program 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 3 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 4, May 26, 2017 : This instruction establishes, implements, 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 memorandums of understanding for criminal investigative and law enforcement organizations, and legal officials.
DoD 6400.01, “Family Advocacy Program,” May 1, 2019: This manual prescribes uniform standards for all installation Family Advocacy Programs and provides installation FAP officers with an instrument for executing their programs.
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 6400.03, “Family Advocacy Command Assistance Team (FACAT),” April 25, 2014, incorporating Change 1, Effective April 3, 2017: This instruction establishes policy, assigns responsibility, and prescribes procedures for implementation of the Family Advocacy Command Assistance Team. 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 1402.05, “Background Checks on Individuals in Department of Defense Child Development and Youth Programs,” January 24, 2017: 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 or contractors or in federal facilities to children under the age of 18.
DoD Instruction 1342.24, “Transitional Compensation for Abused Dependents,” September 23, 2019 : This instruction implements policy, assigns responsibilities and prescribes procedures for payment of monthly transitional compensation to dependents of members separated from military service 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 implements changes to the Transitional Compensation Program mandated by congressional legislation.