Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Social Work


School of Social Work

First Reader/Committee Chair

Sapozhnikov, Brooklyn


Intimate relationships within the U.S. military community face domestic violence perpetration at rates three times higher than the civilian population. Currently, both military and civilian agencies work to combat this domestic violence in military relationships. However, delivery of service and intervention techniques are not universal among these providers, and because of this, gaps have been identified. This research, comprised of the nine 45-minute interviews of military agency and civilian non-profit service providers, highlighted four major themes impacting the prevention and intervention of domestic violence in military populations including prevention limitations, conflicting approaches to the truth in a case, lack of training on military culture and family life, and the effects of poor command interaction. Beyond the initial findings, two additional themes also emerged within unanticipated results featuring respondents’ fear of repercussions from speaking out against the Department of Defense and the Department of Veteran’s Affairs as well as personal abuse disclosures. Positive social change implications recommended in this research include strengthening of civilian and military partnerships, eliminating barriers to services, and improving practitioners' knowledge base on violence within military families by focusing on unique occupational stressors.

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