BWJP’s National Center on Protection Orders and Full Faith & Credit (NCPOFFC) provides technical assistance and training on protection orders, the Full Faith and Credit (FFC) provision of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and inter-jurisdictional enforcement of protection orders.

The Full Faith and Credit (FFC) provision of VAWA requires that protection orders issued in one jurisdiction must be recognized and enforced in other jurisdictions. The effective enforcement of protection orders across jurisdictional lines is vital to the safety of victims. The National Center on Full Faith and Credit (NCFFC) was created in 1995 to support the implementation of the FFC provision of VAWA. The office also addressed federal legislation on firearms prohibitions related to domestic violence.

In 2009, the name was changed to reflect the comprehensive scope of protection order-related work undertaken by the office, thus the National Center on Protection Orders and Full Faith & Credit (NCPOFFC).

We provide problem-solving technical assistance and training to individuals and jurisdictions on the following:

Audiences include, but are not limited to, law enforcement officers, prosecutors, judges, court administrators, court personnel, civil attorneys, victim advocates, and other allied professionals.

Resources By This Author

  1. 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(9) Case Law

    National Center on Protection Orders and Full Faith & Credit | BWJP |

    This matrix is a compilation of case law involving the federal firearm prohibitor 18 USC 922(g)(9) and misdemeanor crimes of domestic violence (MCDV).

  2. El Paso, Texas: A Coordinated Effort to Remove Firearms from Domestic Abusers

    National Center on Protection Orders and Full Faith & Credit | BWJP |

    This promising practice explores El Paso's court system's adoption of protocols to aid in the removal of firearms from dangerous abusers.

  3. Enforcing Domestic Violence Firearm Prohibitions: A Report on Promising Practices

    National Center on Protection Orders and Full Faith & Credit | BWJP |

    This report provides an overview of firearm laws and information on model programs and promising practices as they relate to the removal of firearms from abusers in the United States and tribal jurisdictions.

  4. Firearm Checklist for Advocates

    National Center on Protection Orders and Full Faith & Credit | BWJP |

    This checklist provides information for advocates facilitating a discussion with survivors about firearms. It also provides key information on the federal Gun Control Act provisions prohibiting the purchase or possession of firearms by those subject to a protection order (18 USC 922 (g)(8)) or those convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence (MCDV) (18 USC 922 (g)(9)).

  5. Firearm Checklist for Judges

    National Center on Protection Orders and Full Faith & Credit | BWJP |

    This checklist for judges provides key information on the federal Gun Control Act provisions prohibiting purchase or possession of firearms by those subject to a protection order or those convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence.

  6. Firearm Checklist for Law Enforcement

    National Center on Protection Orders and Full Faith & Credit | BWJP |

    This matrix is a compilation of case law involving the federal firearm prohibitor 18 USC 922(g)(9) and misdemeanor crimes of domestic violence (MCDV).

  7. Firearm Checklist for Prosecutors

    National Center on Protection Orders and Full Faith & Credit | BWJP |

    This checklist for prosecutors provides key information on the federal Gun Control Act prohibiting those subject to a protection order (18 USC 922 (g)(8)) or those convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence (MCDV) (18 USC 922 (g)(9)) from possessing a firearm or ammunition.

  8. Firearms and Domestic Violence: State and Territorial Statutory Provisions Matrix

    National Center on Protection Orders and Full Faith & Credit | BWJP |

    This matrix contains state and territorial firearm statutes as they relate to civil protection orders; criminal offenses, procedures, prohibited transferees; licenses/permits, and background checks.

  9. Forms Inform Courts on Firearms

    National Center on Protection Orders and Full Faith & Credit | BWJP |

    This promising practice focuses on Pueblo, Colorado Courts' adoption of forms to enhance victim safety and offender accountability by providing judges with more information. This article focuses on the forms concerning firearm removal.

  10. Miami-Dade Domestic Violence Court Forms

    National Center on Protection Orders and Full Faith & Credit | BWJP |

    These model forms on firearm surrender were provided by Miami Dade Domestic Violence Court.

  11. Safe Tool

    National Center on Protection Orders and Full Faith & Credit | BWJP |

    This tool contains guidance information for victims and survivors in determining the best avenue for firearm safety in their home.

  12. State Statutes: Misdemeanor Crimes of Domestic Violence

    National Center on Protection Orders and Full Faith & Credit | BWJP |

    This matrix contains state and territorial statutes for misdemeanor crimes of domestic violence (MCDV).