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November 2006Vol. 7, No. 8Research on Family Violence in Military Families

The Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress conducts research on preparing for and responding to the psychological and health effects of traumatic events. For the past 10 years, the Center has operated the Family Violence and Trauma Project (FVTP) to provide support to social workers and family advocacy managers with the Department of the Army in the form of briefings, papers, staff studies, and a quarterly newsletter on the scientific and medical aspects of child and spouse abuse.

FVTP completed two empirical research studies of family violence and deployment. These studies documented the importance of predeployment family violence as a risk factor for postdeployment family violence and the possible role of the "honeymoon phase" of troops returning home.

More information, as well as recent issues of Joining Forces Joining Families, the quarterly newsletter, can be found on the website: