To show their support to National Domestic Violence Month, the Marine Corps community will conduct local installation events and activities throughout the month of October. Marine Corps leadership fully supports the Department of Defense’s 2022 theme, “Breaking the Silence,” and joins the military community in spreading the message that if you are experiencing abuse in your relationship, you don’t have to face it alone. These events are instrumental in making it clear that domestic abuse is incompatible with military values, reduces mission readiness, and will not be tolerated in the Marine Corps. Living a life that is safe, secure, and free from abuse is a basic human need. The Marine Corps is committed to the safety and well-being of all Marine Corps families. All reports of domestic abuse will be taken seriously, and resources are available to help victims. There are two options to report domestic abuse. Restricted reporting preserves the privacy of the victim; neither law enforcement nor command are notified. Unrestricted Reporting includes notifying law enforcement, command, and the alleged abuser. The victim is able to access supportive services with both reporting options. Preventing and responding to child abuse and domestic abuse allegations are the responsibility of all Marines. Domestic violence is preventable with the help of all members of the community.
If you or someone you know is being abused and is in immediate danger call 911. For assistance or additional resources, please contact your installation Family Advocacy Program, Military OneSource (800-342-9647), or the National Domestic Violence Hotline (800-799-7233).
For more information, see MARADMIN 460-22.
Being in an abusive relationship can leave you feeling isolated and scared. You are not alone. Support is available. You have options, resources, and supportive services available to you. Adult victims of domestic abuse have the following reporting options.
When a victim of sexual assault decides to report, it's important to understand the options available. Knowing the difference between Restricted and Unrestricted Reporting will help you avoid issues down the road. Let's take a closer look.