Domestic Violence Response Program
Domestic violence is a crime that harms individuals, ruins families, weakens communities, undermines readiness, and is contrary to the institutional values of the Indiana National Guard.
The INNG Domestic Violence Response office works to create a culture that reduces violent behavior within our ranks and emphasizes and encourages help-seeking behaviors among service members and their families. It is crucial that leaders, fellow service members, family members and Indiana National Guard personnel understand and recognize the warning signs of domestic violence so that appropriate intervention can take place, and distressed personnel are referred to the appropriate resources.
Report Domestic Violence
Service members and family members have two primary reporting methods of reporting a domestic violence situation:
- Domestic violence is a pattern of behaviors used by one partner to maintain power and control over another partner in an intimate relationship. Domestic violence can occur at all socioeconomic and educational levels; and anyone, regardless of race, age, religion, sexual orientation or gender, can be a victim or a perpetrator.
- Domestic violence includes behaviors that arouse fear, physically harm, threaten or control a partner in a relationship, and can include the use of physical and sexual violence, threats and intimidation, verbal and emotional abuse and economic deprivation.
- The National Domestic Violence Hotline uses a Power & Control Wheel to describe the behaviors that most often characterize a relationship involving domestic violence.
- Excessive lateness or unexplained absences
- Frequent use of sick leave
- Unexplained injuries or bruising
- Changes in appearance
- Lack of concentration/being preoccupied more often
- Disruptive phone calls or personal visits from their partner
- Drops in productivity
- Sensitivity about home life or hints of trouble at home
In the Indiana National Guard, crisis response cases are titled “Duty to Warn” within the State Family Program office. These cases include circumstances of domestic violence, harm to self or others or other crisis situations needing immediate attention by members of the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT).