Protecting Victims and Communities from Firearms in Domestic Violence Cases: Collaborative Strategies Webinar
Date: Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Time: 11 a.m. PDT / 2 p.m. EDT
Nancy Hart, JD, Senior Program Attorney, NCJFCJ
Darren Mitchell, JD, NCJFCJ Consultant
Is your community doing all it can to prevent firearms-related violence perpetrated by abusers in domestic violence cases? Are you encountering challenges to implementing existing state, tribal, and federal firearms restrictions? Learn about strategies for effective implementation at all stages of civil and criminal domestic violence cases, as well as a new national project, the Firearms Pilot Site Initiative, through which the NCJFCJ and other national experts will provide communities with in-depth technical assistance, training, and other support.
Communities across the country face a variety of obstacles to removing firearms from individuals who are prohibited from having them due to civil protection orders (CPOs) or criminal convictions for domestic violence. Yet the CPO and criminal processes provide many opportunities for professionals to learn about and respond effectively to abusers’ access to firearms using existing laws. The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) and our partners have gathered examples of strategies from around the country to help communities take full advantage of these intervention opportunities so that they can better protect victims and others from firearms violence.
The NCJFCJ is leading a Firearms Pilot Site Initiative (FPSI) that will provide training and technical assistance on these strategies and practices, in partnership with other national technical assistance providers (AEquitas, Battered Women's Justice Project, Center for Court Innovation, International Association of Chiefs of Police, National Indigenous Women's Resource Center, and Ujima), as well as expert practitioners from around the country. The FPSI will work with selected sites to assist them in developing interdisciplinary efforts to improve local implementation of firearms prohibitions in civil and criminal domestic violence contexts.
This webinar will provide an overview of some of the strategies and promising practices involved in effective implementation of firearms restrictions in domestic violence cases. It will also introduce professionals and communities to the FPSI, which soon will be selecting sites for in-depth technical assistance, training, and other support. The NCJFCJ and its partners will assist selected sites in assessing their implementation efforts and challenges, identifying gaps, and developing partnerships among community stakeholders, including federal partners, to design and implement practices that will enhance victim and community safety.