CF Family Violence Prevention and Awareness Campaign Leadership:
CF Family Violence Prevention and Awareness Campaign Leadership: Roles and Responsibilities Outline Part I: CF perspective on family violence Part II:
Information on family violence Part III: Leadership roles and responsibilities regarding family violence prevention Part IV: Resources available
Background Within 90 days of assuming command, base/wing commanders and COs shall be briefed by the family crisis team on the dynamics of family violence (FV), including: Indicators of FV Prevention activities Resources available Part I: CF Perspective on
Family Violence Why Recognize Family Violence in the CF? The CF recognizes that FV has a direct impact on: Operational readiness Work performance Good order and discipline Failure on the part of leadership to respond appropriately may result in decreased performance,
serious injury or death. Core Operating Principles: Family violence in any form, by anyone, is a priority issue that is being addressed within
the CF. CF leadership at all levels must play an active role in the identification and prevention of family violence. The CF will render all possible assistance and support to the family in a discreet and empathetic manner with due regard to privacy. Part II: Understanding Family Violence to Better Support
Our Members What Is Family Violence? Family violence is an abuse of power within a relationship of family, trust or dependency. Family Violence Includes Many Forms of Abusive Behavior: Emotional abuse Psychological abuse
Injury to pets Physical abuse Neglect Financial exploitation Destruction of Sexual abuse Homicide
property Criminal harassment (stalking) The Cycle Of Violence Tension building Acute violent incident Justifying and blaming Honeymoon
Escalation Of Violence Psychological to verbal Verbal to economic Economic to sexual Sexual to physical Homicide/suicide Where Does It Come From? Risk factors that are not easily fixed. Marital distress, alcohol consumption, or a history
of pre-deployment intimate partner violence (IPV). A belief that seeking help (in the form of services) could hurt career success. Inconvenient service delivery models that prevent some from seeking assistance when they need it. Relevant Data Five year rates of spousal violence among
married and common-law partners was 9% in those aged 15-24 and 7% in those aged 25-34. 2004 HLIS results indicated that the prevalence of family violence over the past five years, while significant, is not necessarily higher then rates found in the general Canadian population.
Relevant Data Actual rates of family violence in the CF are unknown, however, there is little reason to believe that they would be lower than those in the general population. Approximately 12% of victims of violent crime were victims of family violence.
83% of these were women. Why Do Survivors of Abuse Stay? Staying in the relationship sometimes keeps the
survivor of abuse alive Fear of the abuser Fear of losing the children Lack of resources to leave Lack of trust in the services Isolation posted away from family support language barriers Criminal justice system does not always take the survivors seriously Survivors do not know where to go for help
Why Do Survivors of Abuse Stay? Hope that the abuser will change Still feel loved (honeymoon period) Self-blame the survivor feels responsible for the violence of the partner Desire to keep the family
together for the children Ideal of a happy family and the stigma of failure Religious pressures/beliefs Shame
Fear of being judged Seeing the abuse as something normal (no other experience) Myth or Fact? There is a higher incidence of family violence in the CF than in the Canadian population. Myth or Fact?
Survivors of abuse provoke the abuse and deserve what they get. Myth or Fact? Men who abuse their partners are mentally ill. Part III: Leadership
Roles and Responsibilities CF Obligations - Awareness & Prevention Base commanders and COs shall ensure that CF members and their families are provided with information concerning the dynamics of FV, its effects upon families and the resources available to assist them. Unit briefings, family days, pamphlets,
request for a presentation by the family crisis team, and other methods as considered appropriate. Obligations FV is a health related issue that needs to be addressed. All CF members, supervisors and COs are responsible for : Being familiar with the dynamics of FV and the
resources available to assist. Taking an active part in the elimination of FV within the CF. Creating a supportive community that fosters early identification and intervention. Relevant Policies DAOD 5044-4 - Family Violence CDS Guidance: Chapter 23
Family Violence Base/Wing Standing Orders Responsibility: All CF Members In the event of an alleged incident of FV, immediate action must be taken: Immediately notify the local child welfare authorities in cases of alleged or suspected child abuse or neglect. Provide support, by encouraging the survivor of abuse
and/or the alleged perpetrator to seek further help. For supervisors, inform the CO if the matter is likely to impact the members ability to meet operational requirements. Contact the local Family Crisis Team for information & guidance. Responsibilities of COs & Supervisors: First priority is to ensure the health and safety of everyone involved.
Upon receipt of an allegation, COs should consider implementation of a significant incident report in accordance with DAOD 2008-3, including D Med Pol, and the base surgeon on the distribution list. CF members should be permitted to attend any recommended services. Responsibilities of COs & Supervisors: Ensure D Med Pol and DMCA (Director
Military Careers Administration) are advised with regard to any administrative or disciplinary action that may be taken (such as action pertaining to DAOD 5019-2). The CO should seek advice from the legal advisor in those situations where it is unclear whether the CF or a civilian authority has jurisdiction with respect to the incident. DMCA Only has a role to play if the CF member
involved in an incident of family violence is placed on counseling and probation. Provides COs with current information and guidance regarding administrative measures related to family violence. DMCA Conducts administrative reviews of
recommendations made by COs on a CF member involved in family violence where breach of counseling and probation has occurred or where family violence may result in a recommendation for CF member release. Protection of Information Obligations: It is imperative that all records concerning a family violence incident be treated as sensitive
information. Pending a conviction for an offence related to family violence, all individuals shall be presumed innocent. The right to privacy and the protection of personal reputation must be respected. Protection of Information Obligations: Official records of a family violence incident are designated Protected B and must be carefully controlled and safeguarded.
Disclosure is regulated by the governing bodies of the discipline involved. Part III: Available Resources CF Family Violence Prevention & Awareness Strategy Goals & Objectives: Promote awareness and education of family
violence and its prevention to the entire CF community. Provide members of the CF community with timely, accurate, and clear information. Provide information about community resources in the event of family violence. CF Family Violence Prevention & Awareness Strategy Provide CF leadership with accurate and clear policies,
procedures, standards and good practice protocols for managing family violence cases and supporting education and awareness initiatives. Ensure that the service providers/responders in CF communities are accessible to those they serve and ensure that the work that they do is visible. Encourage open and frank dialogue within CF communities about family violence and family violence prevention. CF Family Violence Prevention & Awareness Strategy:
National Take a Stand, against family violence campaign DAOD 5044-4. CDS Guidance to Commanding Officers Chapter 23 Family Violence Prevention Annual Family Crisis Team training Strengthening the Forces programs Military Family Resource Centre Intervention Resources Within the CF Family Crisis teams
Psycho-social services MP Chaplains Medical officers CF Family Violence Prevention & Awareness Campaign: Take a Stand 36
Family Crisis Team - Roles Prevention and awareness regarding family violence Intervention and case management Legal and administrative tasks Specific functions based on members professional roles FCT Team Members Base/Wing Social Workers
Health Promotion field delivery staff Military Police Military Family Resource Centre Prevention, Support and Intervention Coordinators As appropriate, professional health and social service workers from the civilian community. Intervention Resources outside the CF Military Family Resource Centres CFMAP 1-800-268-7708
Shelters, Rape Crisis Centres Legal Aid Social Workers Psychologists Members of the Clergy Community Action At (Insert Your Base/Wing) CF Family Violence Prevention and Awareness Campaign: Take A Stand!
Family Crisis Teams SOP Strengthening the Forces Programs MFRC Emergency Numbers: Police Victim Services Support services for women & men Transition House Emergency safe shelter for
women and children, supportive counseling Military Family Resource Centre Assessment/referral, crisis support, short-term intervention. 24 hour Information Line toll free CFMAP Womens Sexual Assault Crisis Line Individual and group counseling for women survivors.
Military Police Variety of police and security services to the Base and surrounding military community. Community Distress Centre 24-hour Crisis intervention line Conclusion: Family violence in the CF is not negligible. It can be found in all places: In all classes of society
In all age groups In all cultures In all ranks Take a Stand! Make the Call!
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