Our article this month explores the issue of domestic violence in the military. The recent murders of three military women residing in Fort Bragg, North Carolina by husbands or partners was a haunting reminder of a similar occurrence in 2002 when four women were killed by their military partners in a six week period. The link between the murders and the rise of domestic violence assistance sought by military wives or partners exists, but has not been clearly stated or addressed by military personnel. “The Connecticut-based Miles Foundation, which provides domestic-violence assistance to military wives, has said its caseload has more than quadrupled during wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.” Carol Darby, a spokeswoman for the Army’s Special Operations Command, described the recent murder as an “anomaly” and did not think that the murders were anything to be concerned about. Community members are concerned by the military’s response to domestic violence and in particular to these deaths.

Here are a couple of questions to consider to get our conversation started: Officials at Fort Bragg state that the murders are unrelated… what do you think? Are any of you doing innovative work to reach out to military communities to prevent domestic violence? What have been your greatest challenges and opportunities?

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