Domestic Abuse

Domestic Abuse in the Armed Forces – Where to Find Help

A new tri-Service video production entitled “Domestic Abuse in the Armed Forces – Where to Find Help” provides information to a wide range of people including Service personnel and their families, line managers, welfare organisations and health professionals. The film explains how to deal with cases of domestic abuse in the Armed Forces and how to seek help for those who are experiencing this type of violence within the Service community. It covers a range of topics including:

  • How to recognise domestic abuse
  • Myths about domestic abuse
  • The affect of domestic abuse on children
  • What happens if domestic abuse is reported
  • Chain of command responsibilities
  • Tips for staying safe

Domestic Abuse is defined by the Ministry of Defence as: “Any incident of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse (psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional) between adults who are or have been intimate partners, or family members of any age, regardless of gender.”

The tri-Service policy on domestic abuse and sexual violence, which is set out in Joint Service Publication 913 makes it clear that the Armed Forces will not tolerate domestic abuse, nor is it to be treated as a purely ‘private life’ matter which is of no concern to the organisation. Further help and advice concerning domestic abuse can be sought from station SSAFA Personal Support & Social Work staff or by phoning SSAFA direct on one of the following numbers:

Working hours telephone: 0207 4639255

Out-of-Hours telephone: 0207 4639358

The film can be viewed below: