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SUBJ/FAMILY ADVOCACY PROGRAM POLICY UPDATES//

REF/A/DOC/ DOD MANUAL 6400.01, VOLUME 3, 16JUL22//
REF/B/DOC/GAO-21-289//
REF/C/DOC/ DODI 6400.06 CHANGE 1,10MAY22//
REF/D/DOC/OPNAVINST 1752.2C//
REF/E//MSG/NAVADMIN 120/22//

NARR/REF A IS DODIDODM 6400.01, VOL 3, FAMILY ADVOCACY PROGRAM.  
REF B IS GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE 21-289, DOMESTIC ABUSE:
ACTIONS NEEDED TO IMPROVE DODS PREVENTION, RESPONSE AND OVERSIGHT.
REF C IS DODI 6400.06, CHANGE 1, COORDINATED COMMUNITY RESPONSE TO DOMESTIC 
ABUSE INVOLVING DOD AND CERTAIN MILITARY PERSONNEL.  
REF D IS NAVY FAMILY ADVOCACY OPNAVINST. 
REF E IS NAVADMIN 120/22, PROCEDURES FOR NOTIFYING CIVILIAN LAW ENFORCEMENT 
OF ISSUANCE OF A MILITARY PROTECTIVE ORDER.//

RMKS/1.  This NAVADMIN provides family advocacy program (FAP) policy updates 
in line with references (a) through (e) to include:
    a.  Updated FAP policy for Commander, Navy Installations Command to 
implement (see paragraph 2).
    b.  Expands the definition of intimate partners and personnel eligible 
for expedited transfers (see paragraph 3).
         c.  Provides additional guidance for COs on military protective 
orders and civilian protective orders (see paragraph 4).

2.  FAP Updates and Victim Services.  Commander, Naval Installations Command 
(CNIC) must ensure:
    a.  FAP victim advocates (VA):
        (1) Provide information about the Catch a Serial Offender
(CATCH) program to all victims filing a restricted report of sexual abuse.  
This program allows victims to provide information to medical investigators 
for the purpose of identifying serial offenders of sexual assault without 
breaching their restricted report.
        (2) Possess or obtain within six months of hiring, at a minimum, the 
Basic Advocate Credential with a designation of Comprehensive Intervention 
Specialist, approved by the National Advocate Credentialing Program.
        (3) Be trained to use the Victim Advocate Lethality Assessment 
Checklist.  The Victim Advocates (VA) Lethality Assessment Checklist is a 
tool that must be used by FAP VAs to identify and reduce the victims risk of 
death and/or serious physical harm.
    b.  Installation FAP personnel coordinate with installation military 
treatment facilities (MTF) to ensure medical representative participation at 
the installation Incident Determination Committee (IDC).  Reference (a) 
directs the Department of Health Affairs to designate a health care provider 
and alternate from, or via, the forensic healthcare program at the 
installation MTF or another MTF supporting the installation to serve as a 
core member on the installation IDC. The health care provider and alternate 
designated as core members are required to have the requisite medical 
training, expertise, and available consultation resources to offer a medical 
opinion on domestic abuse, child abuse, and neglect-related injuries.
    c.  Each victim of domestic violence receives a comprehensive 
informational guide, written in a clear and easily understandable format, on 
the FAP and available services to include the following:
        (1) Military law enforcement services, including an explanation of 
the process that follows a report of an incident of domestic abuse, child 
abuse or neglect.
        (2) Notification for victims who have elected to file an unrestricted 
report of domestic abuse involving Special Victim Investigation and 
Prosecution covered offenses of their right to consult with a legal 
assistance attorney for legal support and their right to request Special 
Victims Counsel or Victim Legal Counsel services, if eligible.
        (3) Other applicable victim services.
    d.  Pending the release of the Department of Defense (DoD) database to 
track domestic violence reports, case specific information on official 
unrestricted reports of adult sexual abuse will be entered into the Defense 
Sexual Assault Incident Database
(DSAID) by the lead Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC).
Protocols for the SARC to enter FAP cases into DSAID will be determined by 
the DoD Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office and Office of the Chief 
of Naval Operations (OPNAV) N170.  CNIC will implement processes and quality 
assurance procedures to ensure FAP clinical providers notify SARCs of all 
domestic abuse unrestricted reports of adult sexual abuse.
    e.  The FAP case manager or designated licensed clinical provider use the 
following assessment tools to assess risk level, severity level, safety and 
lethality concerns in domestic and child abuse cases:
        (1) Domestic Abuse/Child Abuse Risk Assessment (DARA or
CARA) tool.  The applicable form must be completed within three working days 
of initial interviews for all parties involved in the incident.  The DARA or 
CARA tool is located within the Fleet and Family Support Management 
Information System (FFSMIS).
        (2) The DoD Intimate Partner Physical Injury Risk Assessment (IPPT-
RAT).  The IPPT-RAT must be completed within three working days following the 
initial interviews with the alleged offender, victim and all family members 
involved in the incident.  The IPPT- RAT is available in the FFSMIS case 
record.
        (3) The FAP Incident Severity Scales (ISS).  The FAP-ISS tool is used 
to determine the severity level in all met criteria incidents of child 
abuse/neglect and domestic abuse, including intimate partner violence.  The 
severity level must be indicated on the initial clinical case staff meeting 
review form and clinical case notes must contain relevant information 
regarding the impact/level of harm and verification that the FAP ISS tool was 
used to determine the level of severity.  The ISS is located on the Defense 
Manpower Data Center, Office of the Secretary of Defense (DMDC OSD) website.
        (4) The Incident Report and Safety and Lethality Assessment Tool.  
This tool must be used to conduct the safety assessment to evaluate current 
suicidal/homicidal behaviors in alleged
perpetrator(s) or in victims of sexual assault who are at risk.  The SLA is 
located in the FFSMIS case folder.
    a.  FAP clinical providers and VAs must provide information about the 
Catch a Serial Offender (CATCH) program to all Service members and their 
adult dependents filing a restricted report of sexual abuse.  This program 
allows victims of adult sexual abuse to provide information to military 
investigators for the purpose of identifying serial offenders of sexual 
assault without breaching their restricted report.

3.  Reference (c) updated the intimate partner definition to include a person 
who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature 
with the alleged abuser, as determined by the length of the relationship, the 
type of relationship and the frequency of interaction between the person and 
the alleged abuser.
These changes may impact the following:
    a.  Expanded eligibility for FAP victim support services.  There may be 
circumstances in which adult intimate partner sexual assault victims are 
eligible for and can choose to receive, victim centric services from either 
the FAP or the sexual assault prevention and response advocacy service, based 
on the victims reported relationship to the abuser/offender.  FAP and SAPR 
personnel must ensure that an adult intimate partner sexual assault victim 
who is seeking services should never encounter a wrong door to getting the 
care and support they need and are provided a warm handoff approach to care, 
as needed.
    b.  Expansion of expedited transfer requests.  Requests for expedited 
transfer now may be made by:
        (1) An active duty victim of sexual or physical domestic violence 
allegedly committed by the spouse or intimate partner, whether or not the 
spouse or intimate partner is a Service Member.
        (2) An active duty parent whose dependent is a victim of sexual 
assault allegedly perpetrated by a Service Member who is not related to the 
victim.

4.  Military Protective Orders (MPO) and Civilian Protective Orders
(CPO) are necessary to protect victims.  Per references (b) and (e), Service 
Members must comply with CPOs and MPOs or face possible disciplinary actions 
for CPO/MPO violations.  COs must provide notice to any Service Member under 
a MPO or CPO that the Service Members failure to comply may result in 
administrative or other disciplinary action, to include potential prosecution 
in line with the Uniform Code of Military Justice.  Commanders should consult 
with the first Staff Judge Advocate in their chain of command to determine 
how to best address CPO/MPO violations.

5.  Restricted Reporting
    a.  The Navy recognizes a victim may first tell someone (e.g., a friend, 
family member, peer or other confidante) about the abuse before being aware 
of reporting options or considering whether to file a restricted or 
unrestricted report.  A victims communication with another person does not 
prevent the victim from later electing to make a restricted report except in 
specific situations.
Specifically, if a victim informs their chain of command, their alleged 
abusers chain of command, a DoD Law Enforcement Agency or Military Criminal 
Investigative Organization outside of the CATCH program, there can be no 
restricted report.  However, if the chain of command finds out about the 
incident through independent channels, an investigation can be initiated, 
even if the victim has filed a restricted report.
    b.  Consistent with current policy regarding privileged communications, 
victims may also speak to Chaplain Corps personnel about abuse without 
compromising their restricted or unrestricted reporting option(s), if the 
communication is for a spiritual purpose or assistance.

6.  In line with reference (c), the Navy Chief of Chaplains must ensure all 
Navy Chaplains receive domestic violence training either by installation FAP 
or through initial accession training.  Chaplain training data should be 
forwarded annually to OPNAV N171B FAP.

7.  The domestic violence general military training GMT course will be 
available on Navy eLearning site fourth quarter FY-22 along with an update to 
the domestic violence mobile application training.

8.  This NAVADMIN will remain in effect until superseded or canceled, 
whichever occurs first.  The above policy changes will be included in the 
next update to reference (d).

9.  Released by Vice Admiral Richard J. Cheeseman, Jr., N1.//

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