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Victim Assistance

Victim Support Comes First

The Department of Defense (DoD) is committed to providing trauma-informed, gender-responsive, and culturally-competent support and resources that are victim-focused to all who report sexual assault. SAPRO's policies and programs are intended to strengthen resiliency of victims of sexual assault and instill confidence and trust in the reporting process, whether they choose to file a restricted or unrestricted report. DoD’s approach ensures that Service members receive the protections to which they are entitled, and support through an integrated victim services network of care.


No matter your duty status within the DoD community, find information and resources designed to meet your unique needs.

DoD Safe Helpline is a crisis support service specially designed for members of the DoD community affected by sexual assault...



Under DoD SAPR Policy, Service members have two reporting options, Restricted and Unrestricted Reporting.​

Special Victims' Counsel / Victims’ Legal Counsel / Victims’ Counsel are specially trained legal professionals who serve victims of sexual assault.

DoD law enforcement and legal personnel directly engaged in the detection, investigation or prosecution of crimes are responsible for ensuring that victims of military-related crime are accorded the following rights.

Professionals available to connect victims of sexual assault with advocacy, information, and resources.

The CATCH Program gives adult sexual assault victims who filed a Restricted Report, certain Unrestricted Reports, or no report an opportunity to anonymously disclose suspect information to help the DoD identify serial offenders.

Once an investigation is initiated, a Victim/Witness Assistance Program (VWAP) Provider is available to assist sexual assault victims.

If you’ve witnessed or experienced retaliation following a report of sexual assault, you can share the allegations to SAPRO anonymously or with personal contact information using this form.

The SAPR Toolkit for Commanders and SARCs includes resources and tools to use when assisting victims of sexual assault plus all SAPR DD Forms.

The Men's SAPR Campaign provides vital education, share important resources, and promote ongoing discussions of sexual assault and the spectrum of harm within the military.

The DOJ’s OVC TTAC offers training, in partnership with DoD, for military and community-based victim service agencies.

D-SAACP was established to standardize sexual assault response to victims and professionalize victim advocacy roles of Sexual Assault Response Coordinators and Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Victim Advocates.

VALIANT (Victim Advocates Learning, Innovating, and Networking Together) is a DoD online community of practice for Sexual Assault Response Workforce (SARW) personnel.

DoD SAPRO works with the Military Services to identify exceptional SARCs, SAPR VAs, and prevention personnel for recognition.