Family Advocacy is a leadership issue. As part of the tradition of "taking care of our own,” it is the responsibility of Navy service members to ensure the safety, health and well-being of their family members. A continuous effort to reduce and eliminate child and domestic abuse shall be actively pursued at every level of command.
The Family Advocacy Program (FAP) is a command directed program that provides clinical assessment, treatment and services for service members and their families involved in incidents of child abuse and domestic abuse. The primary goals of FAP are prevention, victim safety and support, rehabilitative interventions, command and offender accountability, and providing a consistent and appropriate coordinated community response.
Domestic Violence Incident Count - Consequent Command Actions (DVIC-CCA)
In response to a congressionally mandated report requirement for domestic violence, the Under Secretary of Defense (Personnel & Readiness) issued a memo on 4 April 2014 outlining the type of domestic violence incidents (DVIs) to track and report. A reportable incident is defined as a DVI in which the offender is an active-duty service member (including reserve personnel in an active-duty status) which meets one or more of the following abuse criteria for: Grievous Bodily Harm, Severity Level 3 (Severe Physical), Severity Level 2 (Moderate Physical), or the sexual abuse of a spouse or intimate partner.
Navy commands must report command actions for reportable DVIs as originally directed in NAVADMIN 037/15 and expounded upon in NAVADMIN 004/16. These NAVADMINs are the Navy’s system to collect this data as it is not complete nor accessible in current family advocacy, personnel, or criminal investigative systems. In order to cover this gap feedback is required from commands to account for qualifying DVI and consequent command actions taken. Additional information can be found on the DVIC-CCA FAQs (Updated 7 Jan16).
Transitional Compensation for Abused Dependents (TCAD)
Transitional compensation is payable to abused dependents or former dependents of nonretirement eligible members of the Armed Forces for a period of 36 months*. TCAD is a congressionally authorized program which provides temporary monetary payments and benefits to dependent family members of service members or former service members who are separated from the military due to dependent-abuse offenses. TCAD provisions apply to members who, on or after November 30, 1993:
1. Separate from active duty under a court-martial sentence resulting from a dependent-abuse offense,
2. Separate from active duty for administrative reasons if the basis for separation includes a dependent-abuse offense, or
3. Are sentenced to forfeiture of all pay and allowances by a court-martial that has convicted the member of a dependent-abuse offense.
* The Secretary of the Navy authorized 36 months of payments for all TCAD cases effective 2Apr15. (ASN (M&RA) memo dated 2Apr15)