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    Air Force Wants to Hire More Special Agents to Investigate Domestic Violence

    Air Force Wants to Hire More Special Agents to Investigate Domestic Violence

    The Department of the is doing a 90-day review of how the Air Force and Space Force help victims of domestic violence, an analysis that has already led to plans to hire more special agents for future investigations into cases of abuse.

    The review comes as a response to a 2021 survey that found that 66% of women and 48% of men in the Air Force reported experiencing some form of interpersonal violence, meaning abuse that ranged in severity from workplace bullying to physical or sexual assault and family violence.

    “We owe survivors of both domestic violence and sexual assault a foundation of trust to report violence, and confidence that all members of the Department of the Air Force know how to effectively respond and support,” Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall said in a Jan. 27 press release. “While we have taken actions to improve victim response and support programs, there is more work to be done in earning and sustaining the trust of survivors.”

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    Investigations into how the Air Force handles domestic violence and other forms of abuse followed the creation of the Interpersonal Violence Task Force in July 2020 after the tragic killings of Spc. Vanessa Guillen and Airman 1st Class Natasha Raye Aposhian.

    The services laid out several initiatives in the Jan. 27 press release aimed at decreasing the…

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