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Domestic violence raises issues for servicemembers and their families beyond the criminal repercussions the perpetrator may face.

 

No Contact Orders

These may be characterized as the military equivalent of a civilian restraining order.  When a servicemember is charged with domestic violence, his/her commander will often take several measures to protect the spouse, such as moving the servicemember into the barracks, restricting the servicemember to post, or ordering the servicemember to have no contact with the spouse.  Violation of these measures subject the servicemember to punishment under Article 92, UCMJ (10 U.S. Code §892), for violation of a lawful order.

 

Family Support

A servicemember who is the victim of domestic violence generally is not required to pay temporary family support to the offender spouse (absent court order).  See Military Family Support for more details.