The Safer Families, Safer Communities project has developed a number of resources for community members regarding the current state of knowledge on firearm-involved domestic violence as well as the legal authority for intervention in these situations. Additional resources and information are available by contacting the project directly and by visiting the Battered Women’s Justice Project’s Resource Center at http://www.bwjp.org/resource-center.html.

The Current State of Knowledge Related to Firearms and Domestic Violence

The crimes of domestic and dating violence and stalking are pervasive in our society. When a violent intimate partner has access to a firearm, a dangerous situation becomes a potentially fatal situation. More women are killed by their intimate partners than by any other offender group, and firearms are the weapon most often used in intimate partner homicide. Please see the attached summaries of the current state of research on firearms and domestic violence by Dr. April Zeoli.

Summaries of Statutes and Case Law Related to Firearms and Domestic Violence

The legal landscape surrounding firearm prohibitions in domestic violence cases is both confusing and dynamic. The attached legal summaries provide the casual reader with a baseline understanding of the statutes and case law relevant to this issue, as well as brief analyses of strengths and gaps in the current legal environment.

These 2016 summaries are not substitutes for specific state or Tribal law research, but are intended to provide general information. Please check the statutes of the state or Tribe for the most reliable and current language.

For additional legal resources, please see BWJP’s online Resource Center at http://www.bwjp.org/resource-center.html

Tools for Advocates

The Safer Families, Safer Communities project offers resources for advocates who work with survivors of firearm-involved domestic violence.

Sample Resources

Wisconsin Firearm Surrender Forms

A detailed overview of the court forms used in Wisconsin’s firearm surrender program

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The Battered Women’s Justice Project Resource Center on Firearms

Please browse BWJP’s Resource Center for information and tools on domestic violence and firearms. You will be leaving this website.

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