New Military Law Concerning Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

I  am quoting here some information received via email from the Service Women’s Action Network (SWAN) regarding legislation signed into law on August 13, 2018 as part of the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2019.  Changes include:

  • Adding a new punitive article dealing with domestic violence to the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ).
  • Requiring a report of the feasibility of extending Special Victim Counsel availability to victims of domestic violence.
  • Establishing a uniform Command Action Form for reporting the final disposition of sexual assault offenses when the perpetrator is subject to the UCMJ and the victim has filed an unrestricted report.
  • Standardizing of policies across the Services related to expedited transfer in cases of sexual assault or domestic violence.
  • Requiring the development of a plan for implementation of oversight of DoD’s Sexual Harassment Prevention and Response policy.
  • Requiring oversight of the Registered Sexual Offenders’ Management Plan.
  • Requiring the DoD and the Department of Labor’s Veterans Employment and Training Service to update the Transition Assistance Program (TAP) to establish new pathways for more individualized counseling.  Also, all those departing the military will receive information on resources available to them in the local community where they have chosen to reside to include resources for those suffering from Military Sexual Trauma (MST).

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