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Programs to address violence for military families: A systematic review

APA Citation:

Dodge, J., Wortham, W., Kale, C., Williamson, V., Ross, A., Maher, S., Kononowech, J., Winters, J., & Sullivan, K. (2023). Programs to address violence for military families: A systematic review. Journal of Family Violence. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10896-023-00586-8

Abstract Created by REACH:

This systematic review summarized the effectiveness of military family violence interventions, which seek to prevent and reduce intimate partner violence (IPV) and/or child maltreatment. The study evaluated 15 peer-reviewed studies of Veteran and active-duty samples. Although the studies varied in design and rigor, the interventions generally demonstrated evidence of positive outcomes, such as better anger-management skills or reduced IPV, but some interventions were more effective than others.


Child maltreatment

Branch of Service:

Multiple branches
Air Force
Coast Guard
Marine Corps

Military Affiliation:

Active Duty

Subject Affiliation:

Military families


Childhood (birth - 12 yrs)
Adolescence (13 - 17 yrs)
Adulthood (18 yrs & older)
Young adulthood (18 - 29 yrs)
Thirties (30 - 39 yrs)
Middle age (40 - 64 yrs)


Review of Literature


Dodge, Jessica, Wortham, Whitney, Kale, Caroline, Williamson, Victoria, Ross, Abigail, Maher, Stephen, Kononowech, Jennifer, Winters, Jamie, Sullivan, Kathrine


Family violence, encompassing intimate partner violence (IPV) and child maltreatment (CM), is a considerable public health issue affecting a large subset of the U.S. population. Military families may be exposed to unique risk factors for experiencing family violence. Interventions to address family violence that are specific to military and Veteran populations are critical to the military family wellbeing as they address the unique military context as well as military stressors. Though a number of these programs exist, to our knowledge, there has been no systematic effort to describe and evaluate these interventions. To address this issue, the present study employs systematic review methods to explore the following research questions: (1) What military family violence interventions are reported in the peer-reviewed literature? (2) What are the characteristics of these interventions? (3) How effective are these interventions?

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REACH Publication


child maltreatment, family violence, interventions, intimate partner violence, military families, systematic review

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  December 2023

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