The Department of Defense (DoD) has launched a new training course for military first responders that aims to ensure that domestic violence is effectively recognized as a crime in cases that involve abuse, harassment, and stalking perpetrated through the use of technology.

“Our priority is to respect, support and defend domestic abuse victims,” Matthew P. Donovan, Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness said in a press release. “We are proud to launch this first-ever DOD training course on ‘Technology Evidence in Domestic Abuse.’ This training is a vital piece of our effort to ensure our military’s law enforcement organizations understand that domestic violence perpetrated through technology is still a crime.”

Working with the DoD Family Advocacy Program, the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security’s Law Enforcement Branch is spearheading the program that will train military first responders to understand the role technology plays in abuse, and “how a greater awareness of digital evidence can help with the prosecution of domestic violence cases.”

“While the course is intended for a primary audience of military police and security forces, who are often the first to respond to a domestic violence call, commanders and [Family Advocacy Program] personnel will also benefit,” the press release said. “Anyone with a Common Access Card can access the training on the Defense Cyber Crime Center Training Academy site.”

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Jordan Smith is a MeriTalk Senior Technology Reporter covering the intersection of government and technology.