Campus Location

Abilene Campus (Residential)

Date of Award


Document Type



Social Work

Degree Name

Master of Science

Committee Chair or Primary Advisor

Dr. Wayne Paris

Second Committee Member or Secondary Advisor

Dr. Alan Lipps

Third Committee Member or Committee Reader

Major Kamy Jenkins


ABSTRACT The scope of sustained military operations has placed incredible stressors on the men and women of our United States Armed Forces; consequently, this strain has encroached on and impeded their relationships at home and after their military service. Adult maltreatment in the United States military is a serious concern that negatively impacts military members, their partners, their families and subsequently can prove detrimental to the mission of the military. In order to effectively address this growing concern, it is imperative that mental health practitioners understand the military culture and utilize the best interventions in their treatment. This research conducted a systematic review to examine the literature regarding adult maltreatment on both civilian and military populations. The goal of this study was to identify the best intervention models for adult partner maltreatment. CBT has been shown to be an effective treatment modality for those who have engaged in emotional and/or physical violence towards their partner. Group therapy is also an effective mode of treatment for veterans and should be studied further. For long-term stability, all contributing factors (depression, anxiety, PTSD) should be treated as well. Military members receive extensive training to utilize violence as a means to maintain our country’s security. They deserve the best interventions possible to promote healthy relationships.

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