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.

Our Partners

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.

Key Personnel

In addition to crucial partnerships, the National Domestic Violence and Firearms Resource Center is comprised of key personnel working to address domestic violence-related gun violence.

David Keck, JD

David Keck is the Project Director of the National Domestic Violence and Firearms Resource Center.

Kristine Lizdas, JD

Kristine Lizdas is the Legal Policy Director of the Battered Women’s Justice Project.

Bonnie Horgos

Bonnie Horgos is the Communications Coordinator and Website Content Writer of the Battered Women’s Justice Project.

April M. Zeoli, PhD, MPH

April M. Zeoli is an Associate Professor and coordinator of undergraduate studies in the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University.