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. A Coastal Community Leads the Way With Strong Laws and Effective Enforcement.

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    California leads the nation with some of the strictest laws on guns. Since 2004, anyone served with a temporary protective order is given only 24 hours to turn over any weapons to local law enforcement or sell them to a licensed gun dealer. Even with some of the toughest gun surrender laws on the books, enforcement of the legislation was uneven.

  2. A Kentucky Community Races to Provide Safety.

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    Lexington, Kentucky is a community that understands that time is often critical in keeping domestic violence victims safe. Two initiatives launched by the Fayette County Sheriff and Fayette County Circuit Court, electronic Emergency Protective Orders and domestic violence order hope cards, aim to save lives when minutes matter.

  3. A Metro Atlanta County Creates an Effective Surrender Protocol Utilizing the Federal Surrender Laws.

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    DeKalb County Georgia criminal justice partners set out to save lives with a firearm reduction initiative.

  4. A Midwest State Uses a Model Protocol, Legislation and Ingenuity to Gain Compliance With Firearm Surrender.

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    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 Domestic Violence completed a model firearm surrender protocol to improve compliance with firearm surrender laws. In 2010, the protocol was piloted in four counties.

  5. An Overview of 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.”

  6. 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. To read more, click here.

  7. Judge-Run Program Addresses Disarming Domestic Violence Offenders

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    Dallas County, Texas, is known for being one of the most populated counties in Texas and a statewide leader on combating domestic violence.

  8. Leaders Take Action to Curb Gun Violence

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    King County, Washington is home to the city of Seattle and roughly 2.1 million people. It is known for its great coffee, the Space needle and unfortunately, a significant amount of gun violence.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. Specialized Unit Enhances Service or Orders and Confiscation of Firearms

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    In 2009, Maryland enacted a law requiring a judge to order firearms confiscated from people who have final protective orders filed against them. Judges also had discretion to order firearm confiscation on temporary protective orders.

  12. Summaries of 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.