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.
Table of Contents
Policies and Directives
- DTM-14-003, DoD Implementation of Special Victim Capability (SVC) Prosecution and Legal Support, 12 Feb 14
- DTM-14-002, The Establishment of Special Victim Capability (SVC) Within the Military Criminal Investigative Organizations, 11 Feb 14
- DTM-14-001, Defense Assault Advocate Certification Program (D-SAACP), 14 Jan 14
- DoDI 6400.07 Standards for Victim Assistance Services in the Military Community, 25 Nov 13 (This instruction, in accordance with the authority in DoD Directive (DoDD) 5124.02 establishes policy, assigns responsibilities, and sets standards for victim assistance services within the military community and establishes the DoD Victim Assistance Leadership Council.)
- DoDI 6495.02 Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Program Procedures, 28 Mar 13 (This Instruction reissues DoD Instruction 6495.02.and establishes policy and implements DoD Directive (DoDD) 6495.01 and assigns responsibilities and provides guidance and procedures for the SAPR Program.)
- DoD Directive (DoDD) 6495.01, Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Program, 23 Jan 12 Incorporating Change 1, 30 Apr 13 (This Directive implements DoD policy and assign responsibilities for the SAPR Program on prevention, response, and oversight to sexual assault.)
- U.S. Department of Defense Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Web Site
Forms and Measures
Fact Sheets, Manuals, Brochures
Other Related Information
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.
Education and Training