Preventing domestic violence-related firearm homicides and injuries requires a multi-faceted, interdisciplinary approach by professionals implementing and enforcing laws at the local, state, Tribal and federal levels. The Safer Families, Safer Communities 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 violent offenders’ access to guns and ammunition.
The criminal legal system uses its full authority to take guns away from abusers and ensures abusers surrender their guns and ammunition if the law says they can’t have firearms.Learn More
The civil legal system uses its full authority in protection order cases to take guns away from abusers and make sure abusers surrender illegally possessed firearms.Learn More
All levels of local/state/Tribal/federal governments work jointly to make sure that federal firearm prohibitions are enforced to disarm and prosecute abusers, especially where state or Tribal laws are lacking.Learn More
Purchase Prevention Strategies
All systems work together to prevent purchase of firearms by perpetrators who are legally prohibited from possessing firearms by making sure that information about criminal history and protection orders is readily available to those responsible for conducting criminal background checks.Learn More
The criminal and civil legal systems partner with researchers to gather critical data and to assess and improve their systems’ effectiveness in responding to firearms and domestic violence.Learn More