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Sexual assault victims can contact the nearest Special Victims' Counsel (SVC) office ask questions about the SVC Program and request an SVC. They can also request an SVC through their local Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) or Family Advocacy Program (FAP). ***Note: Homestead ARB does not have a Family Advocacy Program (FAP).
--SVCs will serve as a victim's personal attorney at Air Force expense.
--SVCs are active duty judge advocates (JAG) whose sole role is to represent victims in a confidential, attorney-client relationship, throughout the investigation and prosecution processes.
--Each SVC's chain of command runs through the Air Force Legal Operations Agency in Washington, DC. This independence means that no one in a victim's chain of command or the chain of command of the perpetrator will influence an SVC's representation of their clients.
What can an SVC do for victims of sexual assault?
--SVCs will cover the full scope of their representation the first time they meet with their clients.
--SVCs can provide advice to clients and advocate their interests to investigators, trial counsel, defense counsel, and commanders.
--SVCs can attend the interviews (telephonically and sometimes in person) victims have with investigators, trial counsel, and defense counsel.
--SVCs can explain questions their clients have about the investigatory and military justice processes.
--SVCs can help protect victims' privacy interests.
Certain categories of victims of sexual assault are eligible for SVC:
--Air Force members (Active Duty and Reserve/Guard in Title 10 status at time of offense) - Both restricted and unrestricted reports
--Adult dependents of Air Force members if the perpetrator is an Air Force member - Both restricted and unrestricted reports
--Other service members and adult dependents if the perpetrator is an Air Force member - Unrestricted reports only
--Other categories eligible for legal assistance from the Air Force if the perpetrator is an Air Force member - Unrestricted reports only
--In addition, Basic Military Training and Technical Training students who are involved in an unprofessional relationship that involves physical contact of a sexual nature with faculty or staff are eligible if the incident occurs within the first 6 months of their service.
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