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  NCJ Number: NCJ 215773   Add to Shopping cart   Find in a Library
  Title: Preventing Firearms Violence Among Victims of Intimate Partner Violence: An Evaluation of a New North Carolina Law
  Document URL: PDF 
  Dataset URL: DATASET 1
  Author(s): Kathryn E. Moracco ; Kathryn Andersen Clark ; Christina Espersen ; J. Michael Bowling
  Corporate Author: Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE)
United States of America
  Date Published: 08/2006
  Page Count: 134
  Annotation: This study assessed the effectiveness of North Carolina's Homicide Prevention Act in preventing intimate-partner firearm violence; the law prohibits persons subject to a qualifying domestic-violence protective order (DVPO) from owning or possessing any firearms or ammunition, and it requires them to surrender to the county sheriff within 24 hours any firearms, ammunition, and permits to purchase firearms.
  Abstract: Over one-third of the defendants in DVPO filings had access to firearms at the time of the filing, and over 25 percent of them had used firearms against the plaintiffs within 12 months of the filing. Less than half of the DVPO plaintiffs in the study reported being asked by the judge about defendants' access to firearms as part of the ex parte hearing; this proportion did not change after the enactment of the Homicide Prevention Act, even though it requires that "the court shall inquire of the plaintiff, at the ex parte or emergency hearing, the presence of, ownership of, or otherwise access to firearms by the defendant...;" however, after the legislation, judges were significantly more likely to check firearm-related conditions on the ex parte orders. The proportion of respondents who indicated that their partners kept their guns after the issuance of the DVPO did not change after the legislation. Study data were obtained from DVPO case files in the study county and a subset of eligible cases that contained longitudinal interview data collected as part of the Court Ordered Protection Evaluation (COPE) study. Data were also obtained from criminal record checks of all the defendants named in the ex parte DVPOs filed. The study obtained COPE interview and DVPO case file information for 221 eligible women who filed for DVPOs in a county adjacent to the county that was the focus of the study. 11 tables, 55 references and appended homicide prevention Act, DVPO forms, and a description of the COPE study
  Main Term(s): Victims of violence
  Index Term(s): State laws ; Domestic assault ; Gun control legislation ; Firearm-crime relationships ; Restraining orders ; Domestic assault prevention ; NIJ final report ; North Carolina
  Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
  Grant Number: 2004-IJ-CX-0025
  Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
  Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
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