LESSON 3/TASK 1
injuries stem from response to family violence incidents. The primary consideration when military
police respond to family violence situations is the safety of the responding military police. An injured
MP cannot assist the disputants in resolving their problems. As can be seen from the foregoing
information, these type calls are inherently dangerous.
In addition to the family quarrel type situation, other forms of violence also occur. Nationally, about six
million wives are abused annually, and the number continues to rise. Between 2000 to 4000 wives are
actually beaten to death. Wives are not the only victims. Increasingly, men have become the victims of
spouse abuse. It is estimated that at least 282,000 men are victims of abuse. The abuse of children
and the elderly is also on the rise. All of these types of incidents are periodically publicized in the
media. A glance through most any blotter on any installation will show that the military community is
not immune from these types of incidents.
The analysis of data in the provost marshal's office (PMO) will assist in preparing MP patrols to respond
effectively to these type incidents. A careful analysis of the information available will aid in determining
the level and trends of family violence. It also allows the habitual offenders and problem locations to be
Some of the types of information that you will seek include:
o When (time periods and days) are the incidents most frequent?
o How often are weapons involved? What type? Where are they stored?
o What is the location of the occurrences?
This information can be obtained from several sources. Among the major sources is the station blotter
(DA Form 3997). Once you have started to identify trends and locations, reference to the Desk
Reference Cards (DA Form 3998) can also provide additional information. Many of the statistics will be
compiled by the installation crime prevention officer. One of the sources he will use is DA Form 2819,
Law Enforcement and Discipline Report (Figure 8). The more information that can be gained ahead of
time, the better prepared the patrol force will be to effectively respond to incidents when they occur.