In close collaboration with the Office on Violence Against Women, NCJFCJ has led the Firearms Technical Assistance Project (FTAP), to promote the effective implementation of firearms restrictions in domestic violence cases at the federal, state, tribal, and local levels. NCJFCJ has worked closely with a consortium of national partners (listed below) and subject matter experts to provide intensive technical assistance, training, and mentoring to six geographically and culturally diverse communities around the country (identified below).
Each FTAP site has a site coordinator as well as a management team made up of local stakeholders who are interested in improving their community’s response to domestic violence and firearms. Each site also has a technical assistance (TA) team drawn from the project partners that provides guidance and support on strategies and promising practices to prevent abusers from having access to firearms in domestic violence cases. Through mapping, self-assessment, and community meetings, each site has identified gaps and barriers in their local response, and prioritized particular challenges to address through the FTAP.
The TA teams work closely with their respective site management teams to help design and implement policies and protocols that are tailored to the unique needs of the site. An important focus of this work involves identifying and working with traditionally underserved and/or marginalized communities to ensure that the strategies for improving the implementation of firearms prohibitions in domestic violence cases reflect the needs and circumstances experienced by these communities.