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SUBJ/FAMILY ADVOCACY PROGRAM POLICY UPDATES (CORRECTED COPY)//
REF/A/INST/ DOD MANUAL 6400.01, VOLUME 3, 16JUL2021//
REF/C/INST/ DODI 6400.06 CHANGE 1,10MAY2022//
NARR/REF A IS DODI MANUAL, 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
inline 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 commanding officers on military
protective orders and civilian protective orders (see paragraph 4)
2. FAP Program Updates and Victim Services. Commander, Naval Installations
Command must ensure:
a. FAP victim advocates (VA):
(1) 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.
(2) Be trained to use the Victim Advocate Lethality Assessment
Checklist. The Victim Advocates (VA) Lethality Assessment Checklist is a
CNIC form that must be used in initial interviews with victims by FAP VAs to
identify and reduce risk of death or serious physical harm.
b. Installation FAP personnel coordinate with installation medical
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 (VLC) 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
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
(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
(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)
(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
f. 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
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,
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
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 civilian protective orders and military protective orders 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 Chief of Naval Operations 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.//