Marines respect themselves and others. Acts of domestic abuse, especially acts of domestic violence that violate punitive articles under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) and are criminal offenses under federal or state law, are unacceptable behavior and will not be tolerated in the military community. The fewer Marines involved in domestic abuse, the less time all levels of the chain of command have to spend on investigations, measures to protect victims, and rehabilitation programs for offenders. Thus, the USMC policy is to prevent and eliminate domestic abuse from the Marine Corps. Domestic abuse affects the entire family, is preventable, and is often treatable if addressed promptly and comprehensively. When responding to domestic abuse incidents, USMC operates as a coordinated community response that recognizes the importance of bringing together all the critical responders to provide safety to victims, hold abusers accountable for their behavior and coordinate activities with civilian agencies and organizations whenever appropriate and possible.
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