Child Maltreatment in Military Families - A Fact sheet for Providers

For more than a decade after 9/11, United States military families faced historic stressors in conjunction with the deployment of service members to overseas operations. Most military families have coped remarkably well both during and after extended separations and even repeated deployments. Many other military families are still struggling with the effects of uncertainty, change, and loss while serving. Child maltreatment and domestic violence have occurred in some of these families, and more military children who have experienced maltreatment are coming to the attention of behavioral health providers within the military system and in the community. This fact sheet profiles child maltreatment in military families. It also reviews for providers the key concepts, findings, and interventions that will support them in their approach to the care of today’s military family.