The Air Force says a pilot program has found that putting resources for survivors of sexual assault, domestic abuse, stalking and cyberbullying in one central base office made reporting and finding support easier.
At the beginning of this year, the service ended a program tested at five bases where officials put all the offices to report assault, harassment and domestic violence under one roof. In a press release on Wednesday, Brian Demer, a program specialist with the Department of the Air Force Integrated Resilience, said they saw successes with the test.
“Cumbersome and poorly communicated processes for receiving care stand out as one of the barriers to receiving care across [department] installations,” Demer said. “Data showed this has been reduced at test installations. Victims and survivors reported having to share their experience 10 or more times was a barrier as well; they reported that co-location has mitigated that by ensuring they get to the right provider the first time.”
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The pilot locations included Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in Texas; Vandenberg Space Force Base in California; Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Virginia; Misawa Air Base in Japan; and Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska.
But following the success of the test, it may become a permanent solution to better getting service members and survivors…