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Spouse Abuse: The Problem and a Proposal for Military Police Intervention

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Master's thesis

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This thesis is based on the premise that Military Police are currently inadequately trained and thus ill-prepared in responding to domestic disturbance specifically spouse abuse situations. This hypothesis is justified by background research, professional consultation, survey results, and also the authors personal experience as a Military Police Officer. To solve this problem, a Program of Instruction POI was developed, following the Armys Instructional Systems Development ISD model, and tested, initially to a pilot audience and later to a validation audience. A survey that was administered to both audiences, significantly reinforced the authors hypothesis on the need for the program. The completed program was subsequently forwarded to Department of the Army in consideration for Army-wide implementation. The program, which consists of three core lessons and two supporting lessons, is designed to be an exportable package, complete with lesson plans and training aids, and capable of being immediately implemented at Military Police unit level. It is anticipated that the results of implementing this program Army-wide, should result in major improvements in MP confidence and capability in responding to and handling domestic disturbance situations. In fact, its most significant contribution to the military will be when an MP or those he interacts with, while handling a domestic disturbance, is spared injury or death, as a result of applying what was provided in this program.

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  • Sociology and Law
  • Humanities and History

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