Police Call: Domestic violence impacts and affects

| February 28, 2014 | 0 Comments


Col. Mark Jackson
Director, Emergency Services
U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii, and
Commander, 8th Military Police Brigade,
8th Theater Sustainment Command

There are several programs and agencies in place to aid our Soldiers and families facing difficulties, whether they are at home, work or deployed overseas.

Military Police, social work services and commanders track Reports of Incident (ROIs) of domestic disturbances without assault to ensure families receive the help they need before a situation turns violent. Sometimes, however, situations still escalate to violence.

Violence against or between household members is contrary to the values and standards of the Army and has an adverse impact on the careers of Soldiers.

Soldiers charged in domestic assault cases face punitive action under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, while dependents and other civilians are charged under the U.S. Code and Hawaii Revised Statutes (HRS).

Most domestic assaults result in misdemeanor charges. However, felony charges are possible depending on the circumstances of the case (severity of injuries, drug or alcohol influence, use of weapons, etc).

Individuals involved in domestic assaults are also subject to debarment (the loss of installation access privileges). Family members charged with a misdemeanor, and no prior criminal history, will receive a Letter of Warning from U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii’s Directorate of Emergency Services’ Community Compliance Office.

Individuals with a criminal history are subject to debarment from all USAG-HI installations for a minimum of three years, depending on the severity of the past charges. Offenders charged with felony assault are subject to an immediate indefinite debarment from all USAG-HI installations.

The following is an excerpt of an actual MP blotter entry from USAG-HI. Subjects are innocent until proven guilty.

Aggravated Assault; Assault Consummated by Battery; Spouse Abuse

•Feb. 2, the Schofield Barracks Police Station was notified of a domestic assault in housing Area X. Responding MPs found that the subject and his spouse were involved in a verbal dispute over marital issues that turned physical when the subject struck his spouse with a closed fist several times in the face, arms, back and head.

The subject was transported to the Schofield Barracks Police Station for processing. Further investigation revealed the subject was in violation of a temporary restraining order (TRO) issued by the Honolulu Police Department and should not have been in the residence. He was subsequently released to HPD for further processing.

Policy Memo

U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii Policy Memo #8 (72-hour Physical Separation of Parties Involved in Domestic Violence) mandates a 72-hour separation period for individuals involved in a domestic assault.

When the 72-hour separation period is initiated, the Soldier is removed from the residence and placed in the barracks under the supervision of a unit representative (officer or noncommissioned officer) at least one grade higher. In dual military cases, the subject is removed from the residence. If both parties are military and are subjects in the case, the primary aggressor is removed.

In all domestic assault cases, regardless of circumstances or affiliation, all weapons are removed from the dwelling and placed in a unit arms room.

For further details on the 72-hour separation policy or information on the Family Advocacy Program, please reference USAG-HI Policy Memo #5 (Army Family Advocacy Program for Army in Hawaii). Both memos are available on the Garrison website at www.garrison.hawaii.army.mil/command/documents.htm.



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