Even the best laws do little to protect victims if they are not fully enforced. That is one reason that many local, state, Tribal, and federal responders and domestic violence advocacy organizations across the country are finding new ways to work together to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous abusers. The Safer Families, Safer Communities Project was created to reduce firearm-involved domestic violence and homicide by helping communities coordinate these efforts and effectively implement and enforce firearm prohibitions across all systems.
Promoting Community Strategies
Opportunities to disarm abusers and prevent gun violence exist in both the civil and criminal arenas, and also include efforts to block firearm purchases by prohibited persons. In addition, research, data collection and public education can play important roles in enhancing the effectiveness of intervention strategies. This project has identified 5 key areas or Community Strategies where civil and criminal legal systems can collaborate to save lives by adopting proactive and improved responses to gun-related domestic violence and reducing violence offenders’ access to guns and ammunition.
Community Strategies In Action View All
Dallas County, Texas, is known for being one of the most populated counties in Texas and a statewide leader on combating domestic violence. However, the county lagged behind in its efforts to…Read More
A Midwest State Uses a Model Protocol, Legislation and Ingenuity to Gain Compliance With Firearm Surrender.
Wisconsin had legislated firearm prohibitions similar to the federal law, however, enforcement of the prohibitions remained challenging. In 2009, a subcommittee of the Governor’s Council on…Read More
Sharing Research & Information
Knowledge is power. The best interventions are informed by rigorous and reliable research, as well as a clear understanding of the legal context in which these interventions may occur. The Safer Families, Safer Communities Project offers communities the information needed to shape informed responses to firearm-involved domestic violence.View Research & Information