Dr. Nashwa Holt, Air Force Spouse
Subcommittee on Military Personnel Hearing: “Keeping Our Service Members and Their Families Safe and Ready: The Military’s Prevention and Response to Domestic Violence”
Tuesday, May 25, 2021
(3:00pm ET – Virtual via WebEx – Open)
Ms. Amy Logan, Survivor | Ms. Jessica Strong, Co-Director of Applied Research Blue Star Families | Ms. Brenda Farrell, Director, Defense Capabilities and Management Team Government Accountability Office
Colonel Steve Lewis, Family Advocacy Program Manager Department of the Army | Colonel Andrew A. Cruz, Chief, Air Force Family Advocacy Program Department of the Air Force | Ms. Crystal Griffen, Deputy Director Family Support Commander Navy Installations Command | Ms. Lisa Eaffaldano, Assistant Branch Head, Prevention and Clinical Services United States Marine Corps | Ms. Patricia Barron, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy, Office of the Secretary of Defense, United States Marine Corps
Witnesses, Experts and Department of Defense testifying before the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel
18 Sept 2019
Testimonies by Survivors and Advocates
Ms. Kate Ranta, Ms. Rohini Hughes,
Ms. Leah Olszewski
Military & Veterans Advocacy Experts
Mr. Brian Clubb, Mr. David S. Lee, Ms. Arlene Vassell
Mrs. A.T. Johnston, Mr. Kenneth Noyes
We are grateful to Congresswoman Jackie Speier for holding the 1st House Armed Services Committee Hearing on Domestic Violence in Over 15 Years. Additionally, we are grateful to 3 courageous journalists at Huffington Post for being stellar leaders in exposing the Domestic Violence/Abuse in our military.
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According to Fairfax County Circuit Court, Fairfax, VA and public records, NMFAO’s VP/Abused Military JAG Spouse/Congressional Witness needs legal representative for a defamation suit from an Air Force JAG Lt Col Matthew (Matt) E. Hughes due to her Congressional testimony on domestic violence and communication with the military command. NMFAO is requesting assistance with pro bono representation and referrals to assist Ms. Rohini Hughes in this suit. Our Military silences the victims while empowering the abusers by failing to hold them accountable for abuse and therefore the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel: Shattered Families, Shattered Service: Taking Military Domestic Violence Out of the Shadows held a hearing on September 18, 2019
We appreciate your continued support towards the abused, deserted, abandoned and often homeless military families. Military families need your support and prayers!
United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) Studies
Our Co-Founder and Vice President, Ms. Rohini Hughes and Military Youth Advisor, Mr. Jay N. Hughes among many of our clients as Military Spouses and Children were part of these GAO studies and report. Please feel free to cite any findings from these GAO studies and reports in your civil cases. Thank you.
Child Welfare:Increased Guidance and Collaboration Needed to Improve DOD's Tracking and Response to Child Abuse
Published: Feb 12, 2020. Publicly Released: Feb 12, 2020.
Actions Needed to Enhance DOD’s Prevention, Response, and Oversight
Published: May 6, 2021. Publicly Released: May 6, 2021
STUDIES AND COLLABORATIONS
MS. JOAN MEIER, Esq., Professor of Clinical Law and Director, National Family Violence Law Center at GW George Washington University Law School (Founder, Domestic Violence Legal Empowerment and Appeals Project)
Joan S. Meier (2020) U.S. child custody outcomes in cases involving parental alienation and abuse allegations: what do the data show?, Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, 42:1, 92-105, DOI: 10.1080/09649069.2020.1701941
Our, Vice President, Rohini Hughes personally participated in the pilot program for It's weWomen Plus study for Immigrant Women's Safety, Health, and Well-Being by John Hopkins School of Nursing because of her lived experiences as a victim; combined with NMFAO's continued collaboration and support as the project launched in January 2021.
MS. KELCI REISS, MAPA | Research Program Coordinator
It’s weWomen Plus | Johns Hopkins School of Nursing
NMSAO has passionately served the Military spouses since 2015 and today we are proud, grateful and humbled to announce our new advocacy organization, the National Military Family Advocacy Organization (NMFAO).
We are taking another step in our mission to recognize and strengthen the entire military family unit by incorporating military children and becoming “family focused". The new organization has been incorporated in Virginia as a non-profit entity with its application for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status pending before the IRS. NMFAO’s mission is to serve Military families and to provide a platform for both military spouses and children to voice their concerns and trials, always keeping in mind that the Military children of today will proudly become the Military servicemembers of tomorrow!
NMFAO has prayerfully created this new platform and will soon be operational, providing valuable and much needed additional resources and information to better serve the Military families. We are grateful for your continued support and prayers.
The National Military Family Advocacy Organization (NMFAO) Mission Statement
The military family is the foundation for members serving in harm´s way, worldwide.
Occasionally, military members can be under a lot of stress or even suffer from significant debilitating injuries; it can be too much. Often, abuse or even abandonment of the military family is the end result. Clearly, the military member needs help, but so do the families. Change is needed.
The National Military Family Advocacy Organization (NMFAO) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to advocate for the military family, protect the rights of the military family, and help restore services and protection often denied to military families due to abandonment or abuse from a military servicemember.
Spouses and children who have been abandoned and/or abused by a military servicemember often fall through very large gaps between civil and federal law, and military jurisdiction. For example, the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) was intended to protect soldiers, marines, sailors and airmen from civil judgments and litigation while they serve overseas. Unfortunately, these same laws have been used to cut off housing, food and basic living support for the military family by the military servicemember. The military does not have any authority concerning civil issues; therefore, the family finds themselves abandoned and deserted by the military servicemember and their country. Local support agencies will not provide basic life support needs for a military family as their funds and resources are limited for use by their citizens. Typically, the military family is told to return to the military base and work through them. As the base has no authority over civil matters and no resources for abandoned and deserted military families, the spiral begins. The military family has no place to go; they are hungry and homeless.
We seek to increase awareness of these situations by providing continuous advocacy to our Legislators and are working with them to correct the system. Additionally, we serve as an advisory to military spouses and their families.
NMFAO seeks empowerment, justice, and preservation of the military family-the cornerstone of our warfighting forces.
The National Military Family Advocacy Organization (NMFAO) Vision Statement
NMFAO seeks to ensure there is justice and protection for military families. We work to implement and correct federal laws and federal pre-emptive laws. As we support military families, we also desire to assist Military Commanders, JAG´s, State and Federal courts, and Congress to understand the rights and protections of military families.
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Do you know that Military Spouses and Children serve our nation as much as the Servicemember?
Do you know how many times the Military Spouses suffer and sacrifice through each relocation and deployment while serving the military, family, community,
faith based organizations, schools, at each new duty station?
Do you know how many service members suffer from Mental Illness caused by relocations, deployments to War Zones resulting in Domestic Violence? Do you know that Mental Health Evaluations are optional and not mandatory for service members returning from war zones?
Can you guess how I am going to grow up healthy after what I witness?
Do you know how many times I have
abuse and abandonment?
Do you really know how many Military
are actually ABANDONED every day?
Despite some new protections patched into family law for victims of violence against women, the family law and family court system remain a flawed and risky venue for victims of family violence. It's especially risky for victims who present claims of violence and abuse in family court without any criminal case documents to back up those claims.
The structure and powers of the family court system are radically different from the criminal system. By understanding these differences, victims and advocates can minimize the risks of family court, and get the best of each system to work for them.
Part I of this text describes some of the key differences between the family and criminal court systems. It explains why family court is so prone to fail victims of family violence. Part II provides some strategies for avoiding family court when possible, or for protecting against the risks when a family court case is opened. Parts III & IV provide some general tips for handling your family court case.
Part V offers some tips on what to do if you lose in family court, particularly if you lose child custody. And Part VI tells a story of how one domestic violence victim who had become badly trapped in family court hell, ultimately managed to get free.
Most people mistakenly think that the difference between family court and criminal court consists mainly in the different issues these courts deal with. It's a mistake that can seriously endanger victims of family violence who too often trust that the family court system is built to protect her in much the same way as the criminal system. Nothing could be further from reality.
Read the full article at http://www.justicewomen.com
Nina’s Story – A charismatic doctor and Lieutenant Colonel who violates HIPAA and military core values to seduce women.
This is finally exposed! So you can only imagine the number of unreported and unrecorded Domestic Abuse cases towards the Military Spouses and Children!
“The lack of attention paid to domestic violence reporting is alarming. An estimated 1 in 3 American civilian women (33 percent) endure intimate partner violence during their lifetime, according to data from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. VA statistics indicate similarly that 36% of female active-duty service members experienced domestic violence, a number that’s likely low due to underreporting in the ranks; for female veterans, it’s as high as 70%, per the VA.”
Wow! Well, we can tell you without hesitation that this is not true data at all because many cases go unreported due to the collusion between Commanders, Family Advocacy Programs and Inspector Generals! The messily data collected by the military entities does not even get reported to the State Government while the Pentagon shows a decline in every possible area of Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, and Military Divorce. Where is the Justice?
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