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Sexual Assault Prevention and Response

Background

The Department of Defense (DoD) has a comprehensive sexual assault prevention and response program which it implements across the Military Services. The DoD Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO) serves as the Department's single point of authority for sexual assault policy and provides oversight to ensure that each of the Service's programs complies with DoD policy.

To combat sexual assault, DoD requires all service members to receive annual awareness training. Each Military Service maintains a comprehensive victim support network on every major installation and vessel coordinated by Sexual Assault Response Coordinators (SARCs). They serve as the single point of contact to coordinate sexual assault victim care and to track the services provided from initial report of a sexual assault through disposition and resolution of the victim's healthcare and support service needs. In addition, commands must ensure that victims have access to necessary care and have agreements in place with civilian providers for services that are unavailable at the military installation.

DoD maintains a 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week helpline at 877-995-5247. The phone number is the same for use inside the U.S. or via the Defense Switched Network (DSN). The DoD Safe Helpline provides immediate confidential crisis intervention, support and information to members of the DoD community who have been sexually assaulted.If ongoing help is needed, Safe Helpline staff will connect the victims to their local civilian sexual assault service provider, which provides free support services, or with military resources such as the sexual assault response coordinator (SARC) in their area.

The Department of Veterans Affairs has responded to the problem of military sexual trauma (defined as sexual harassment that is threatening or as a physical assault of a sexual nature) by mandating screening of all veterans and developing treatment programs to address their healthcare needs.

Below, we have provided policies and directives, training material, and other resources to assist healthcare providers and Service members and their families.

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Clinical Guidance

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Policies and Directives

 DoD/Joint Forces

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 Army

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 Air Force

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 Navy/Marines

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 Coast Guard

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Forms and Measures

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Fact Sheets, Manuals, Brochures

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Other Related Information

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Treatment Programs

  • Central Texas Veterans Health Care System , Women's Trauma Recovery Center (WTRC)
    The Women's Trauma Recovery Center (WTRC) is the fourth residential treatment program to exclusively treat women veterans diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as a result of Military Sexual Trauma (MST). WTRC is an intensive 7-week, patient-centered, residential treatment program for women veterans with a history of MST.

  • San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC)
    The Military Sexual Trauma program at the San Francisco VAMC is for Veterans, both women and men who have experienced sexual trauma while they served on active military duty. The VA provides eligible veterans with confidential counseling and treatment for the aftereffects of sexual trauma, helping them to better cope with the trauma experience, regain their confidence and self-esteem, and improve their quality of life.

  • VA Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS), California
    The Women's Trauma Recovery Program (WTRP), designed to treat women veterans with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), is open to women across the country. Many of the women who are referred to the program were sexually assaulted during their military service and suffer from Military Sexual Trauma (MST). The WTRP is intensive 60-day residential program with a strong emphasis on interpersonal skills.

  • Batavia Residential Treatment Program for Women
    The VA Western New York Healthcare System Women's Residential Program at Batavia offers women veterans who have experienced military-sexual and/or combat trauma. Veterans will receive a complete clinical assessment of their trauma and treatment can range from five days up to 70 days in an all-female in-house treatment facility. The team includes a psychologist, social worker and social service assistants who work with the VA and other agencies.

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Education and Training

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Related Links

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