ORCID Identifier(s)

0000-0003-1436-3198

Graduation Semester and Year

2019

Language

English

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Social Work

Department

Social Work

First Advisor

Rachel Schrag Voth

Second Advisor

Marie Salimbeni

Abstract

Although considerable research explores family violence within the United States Military, few peer-reviewed studies investigate the experience of civilian spouse survivors. This project seeks to close the research gap by answering the question, “How do military stakeholders respond to disclosure of Military-Connected Spouse Abuse (MCSA) made on YouTube?” Videos featuring MSCA narratives were selected from a series of YouTube searches. Comments made to those videos by Service Members and military spouses were organized according to three predominate response types: disclosures, perceptions, and actions. Disclosures included personal experience with or second-hand knowledge of spousal abuse, interactions with the military response system, and information about military rigor. Service Members and spouses perceived the Military as perpetuating family violence and not responding to it effectively, though some commented positively on the Family Advocacy Program (FAP). Service Members and spouses took action by expressing emotion or addressing violence survivors directly. The project suggested that military culture plays a significant role in the experience of MCSA and help-seeking. Official helping mechanisms were distrusted by both Service Members and spouses, to include those who did not endorse a history of abuse. FAP services were characterized both positively and negatively. More research is necessary to determine best practices to help survivors of MCSA. The project is undergirded by the conceptual framework of intersectionality.

Keywords

Military-connected spouse abuse, Military domestic violence, Military spouses, YouTube, Intersectionality

Disciplines

Social and Behavioral Sciences | Social Work

License

Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Comments

Degree granted by The University of Texas at Arlington

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