Priority: Expanding Research to Address Child Abuse and Children's Exposure to Violence Among Military Families
Given the serious and long-term consequences of child abuse and neglect and the risk factors specific to military families, Kempe and a coalition of supporting institutions are advocating for
research funding under the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP). This would allow researchers to better understand the unique elements of abuse and neglect in the context of the military, including prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.
The fiscal year 2017 House Defense Appropriations bill included language directing the Department of Defense to conduct a study on the recent increase of child abuse and neglect among military personnel and provide a report to Congress recommending strategies to address this problem.
Moving forward, Kempe and the coalition of supporting institutions are requesting $8 million in the fiscal year 2018 Defense Appropriations Bill for peer-reviewed research on child abuse and children's exposure to violence.