National Resource Center Partnerships
Safer Families, Safer Communities is a project of the National Domestic Violence and Firearms Resource Center. The project was initially established in 2013 through a national Technical Assistance grant from the Office on Violence Against Women of the U.S. Department of Justice to promote the effective implementation and enforcement of federal, state and Tribal firearms prohibitions in domestic violence, dating violence and stalking cases. In October of 2016, the Office on Violence Against Women announced the formation of the National Domestic Violence and Firearms Resource Center, of which the Safer Families, Safer Communities project is now part, as well as this website.
The project has included the hosting of a national forum on firearms and domestic violence, the development of a comprehensive library of information and tools on firearms and domestic violence, and the creation of a community-based peer mentor system that connects communities which have successfully implemented firearm enforcement procedures with communities that seek to do so. Tools and assessment guides have been and are being developed to assist communities in identifying areas within their criminal and civil legal systems where implementation and enforcement can be enhanced. Through this project communities will have the information, training and support necessary for developing and implementing effective enforcement mechanisms to disarm domestic violence offenders.
This project involves a partnership between the Office on Violence Against Women, the Battered Women’s Justice Project, including its National Center on Protection Orders and Full Faith and Credit, and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. The International Association of Chiefs of Police and AEquitas: The Prosecutors’ Resource on Violence Against Women have served as important advisors and collaborators on this project since its inception. With the formation of the National Domestic Violence and Firearms Resource Center in 2016, new partners have joined the collaboration including the National Indigenous Women's Resource Center, the National Network to End Domestic Violence, the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, End Abuse Wisconsin and Safe Horizons.
About the Battered Women’s Justice Project and the National Center on Protection Orders and Full Faith & Credit
Since 1993, the Battered Women’s Justice Project (BWJP) has worked to improve the civil and criminal justice system’s response to intimate partner violence (IPV), as well as addressing the parallel responses of the military services to IPV among their ranks. BWJP offers training, technical assistance, policy analysis, and consultation on the most promising practices of the criminal and civil justice systems in addressing intimate partner violence. Staff members have particular expertise in assisting jurisdictions around the country to implement coordinated interagency responses to IPV that maximize victim safety and offender accountability.
BWJP’s National Center on Protection Orders and Full Faith & Credit (NCPOFFC) provides technical assistance and training on protection orders, the Full Faith and Credit (FFC) provision of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and inter-jurisdictional enforcement of protection orders.
Both BWJP and NCPO have developed a variety of trainings and resources on firearms and domestic violence. For more information about the firearms-focused resources, webinars and trainings offered by BWJP please call (800) 903-0111 , prompt 1. NCPO can be reached at (800) 903-0111 , prompt 2.
Visit BWJP/NCPO online at www.bwjp.org
About the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ), one of the largest and oldest judicial membership organizations in the nation, is devoted to ensuring justice for every family and every child in courts throughout the country. Through its Family Violence and Domestic Relations Program (FVDR), the NCJFCJ advances social change in courts and communities across the country by providing cutting-edge training, technical assistance, and policy development on firearms, protection orders, and full faith and credit issues, with a focus on effective enforcement of firearms prohibitions in domestic violence cases. The FVDR develops webinars, publications and trainings on firearms and effective enforcement of firearms prohibitions in domestic violence cases. The NCJFCJ is also the lead partner for the upcoming Firearms Pilot Site Initiative, an initiative to help 5-10 communities assess and improve their implementation of domestic violence firearms laws to prevent the death and injuries caused by abusers' access to firearms. For more information about the firearms-focused webinars, trainings, resources, or initiative, please contact the NCJFCJ at (800) 527-3223 .
About AEquitas: The Prosecutors’ Resource on Violence Against Women
AEquitas’ mission is to improve the quality of justice in intimate partner violence, sexual violence, stalking, and human trafficking cases by developing, evaluating, and refining prosecution practices that increase victim safety and offender accountability. AEquitas' staff is comprised of former prosecutors, with over 100 years of collective experience, who conduct legal research; provide 24/7 case consultation; deliver training events; and publish resources. AEquitas resources, and assistance are informed by research and experience and provide customized strategies that are accessible, responsive, and easy to implement, resulting in prosecutors’ ability to sustain effective practices and promote systemic change.
Since its inception in 2009, AEquitas has facilitated more than 900 trainings, for more than 54,000 prosecutors and allied professionals in the U.S. and abroad and provided over 25,000 hours of technical assistance and case consultation.
Please find more information about AEquitas at www.aequitasresource.org .
About the International Association of Chiefs of Police
The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) is a law enforcement membership organization with over 26,000 members worldwide. It is dedicated to serving the law enforcement leaders of today and developing the leaders of tomorrow. IACP’s mission is to advance the law enforcement profession through innovative and current, resources, trainings, and policies as well as conferences and other networking opportunities. Through these avenues, the IACP assists law enforcement to effectively investigate crime, respond to victims and promote community trust.
For more information regarding the IACP’s resources and initiatives, please visit: www.theiacp.org .