BWJP is the national resource center on civil and criminal justice responses to intimate partner violence (IPV).

In addition to our main office in Minneapolis, BWJP manages the National Center on Protection Orders and Full Faith and Credit, and partners with the National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women, which provides assistance to IPV victims charged with crimes and their defense teams.

All three offices provide technical assistance and training to professionals engaged in these systems: advocates, civil attorneys, judges and related court personnel, law enforcement officers, prosecutors, probation officers, batterers intervention program staff, and defense attorneys; as well as to policymakers, the media, and victims, including incarcerated victims, and their families and friends. BWJP also assists tribal and military personnel who fulfill equivalent positions in their respective institutional responses to IPV.

Resources By This Author

  1. Community Spotlight: King County, WA

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    King County, Washington is home to the city of Seattle and roughly 2.1 million people.

  2. SUMMARY - Federal and State Law Related to Domestic Violence and Firearms

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    Under the Federal Gun Control Act of 1968 and passage of the Lautenberg Amendment, individuals who have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence in state or federal court are generally prohibited from possessing firearms. The enacted statute defines a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence as any state, federal, or tribal misdemeanor that involves “the use or attempted use of physical force, or the threatened use of a deadly weapon.”

  3. ANALYSIS - Limitations of Federal, State, and Tribal Law

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    Current law undoubtedly protects victims of domestic violence and prevents their offenders from possessing firearms in many cases, however, there are limitations to the federal, state, and tribal prohibitions in place that affect their ability to faultlessly prevent offenders from purchasing and possessing firearms.

  4. ANALYSIS - Significant Supreme Court Cases Related to Firearms and Domestic Violence

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    This document summarizes significant Supreme Court cases related to firearms and domestic violence.

  5. ANALYSIS - Differences in State Laws

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    Many states have enacted differing laws that relate to domestic violence and the restriction of firearms and ammunition. As such, understanding the coverage and limitations offered by each state is vital to identifying the strengths and areas for improvement in state laws.

  6. ANALYSIS - Police Seizure of Firearms at Scenes of Domestic Violence

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    This table summarizes protocols by state for police seizure of firearms at scenes of domestic violence.

  7. WEBINAR - Domestic Violence-Related Mass and Spree Killings

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    Dr. Websdale will define mass and spree killing and explain the differences between familicidal, felonious, and non-felony related forms of these offenses.