The goal of coordinating the civilian and parallel military institutional response to intimate partner violence (IPV) and sexual assault (SA) is to increase safety and resource options for military-related victims, and enhance the ability of both systems to consistently hold offenders    accountable.

The process of coordinating the M/CCR is guided by systemic change perspectives, taking into account the diverse experience of victims, integrating ongoing risk assessment into the institutional responses, determining what information needs to be shared between the systems to increase offender accountability, protecting victim confidentiality and autonomy, tracking case outcomes, and providing a forum for monitoring systems change efforts. When the civilian community and the military do not work together on their response to IPV and SA that involve military-related victims and offenders, there are gaps in the inter-system response that offenders use to their advantage, and a reduction in options and services available to victims and their children.

The Military & Veterans Advocacy Program provides consultation, strategic planning, and training to Grants to Encourage Arrest Program grantees that have included as part of their project the need to either initiate or enhance a Military-Civilian Coordinated Community Response. It provides these same services to interested civilian advocacy organizations, units of government, and military installations that request assistance. Staff will work with key personnel in each community to identify the causes of problems or issues related to their institutional and interagency responses.

To learn more about a Military-Civilian CCR, read BWJP’s demonstration project report: Collaborating for Safety: Coordinating the Military and Civilian Response to Domestic Violence - Elements and Tools

Additional BWJP products that victim advocates will find informative are: