Focus Areas: Violence
Department of Defense Family Advocacy Program, Office of the Secretary of Defense
Cailin leads prevention policy for intimate partner violence and child abuse/neglect for the Office of the Secretary of Defense Family Advocacy Program, serving active duty military and their partners and children, in support of mission readiness and the National Defense Strategy. In this role, she works closely with the Defense Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office, the Defense Suicide Prevention Office, and the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion as part of the DoD Prevention Collaboration Forum, a Secretary of Defense initiative to promote primary prevention based on shared risk and protective factors for a range of violent, abusive, and harmful behaviors impacting the Total Force. Cailin also represents the DoD in interagency working groups with the Departments of Veteran Affairs and Justice on military sexual trauma and child sexual exploitation and interdiction.
The DoD Family Advocacy Program provides policy guidance to victim advocates and clinicians working to prevent, identify, and intervene in cases of intimate partner violence, child maltreatment, and problematic sexual behavior in children and youth impacting service members and their partners and children. In the U.S. and overseas, there are more than 230 Family Advocacy Programs across military installations where families are assigned, in the U.S. Army, Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps.