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NCJ Number: 149652 Find in a Library
Title: Violence and Public Policy: Action at the Local and State Level
Author(s): L Duker
Corporate Author: Iowa Dept of Justice
Crime Victim Assistance Division
United States of America
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 12
Sponsoring Agency: Iowa Dept of Justice
Des Moines, IA 50319
Sale Source: Iowa Dept of Justice
Crime Victim Assistance Division
Old Historical Building
Des Moines, IA 50319
United States of America
Type: Legislation/Policy Description
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper outlines 11 general steps State or local legislators and regulators can take to help prevent violence in their jurisdictions.
Abstract: One aspect of violence prevention is to regulate products or commerce that contribute to violent acts. This can be done through recommended gun control laws and regulations and restrictions on the number of alcohol outlets and alcohol advertising. Another step is to impose sanctions for unsafe firearms storage that results in injury, death, or firearms being taken to schools. Other sanctions recommended are spousal rape laws, court- sanctioned counseling programs for perpetrators of domestic violence, extension of the duration of protective orders, the imposition of youth curfews, and repeal of statutes of limitations for incest or sexual abuse of a minor. A third step is to impose taxes on dangerous products and substances, such as alcohol, ammunition, and firearms. Another step is to fund prevention efforts and services, including the removal of financial barriers for victims seeking redress and protection. Other suggested steps are to enlarge and further define professional groups' mandates; enlarge and further define the mandate of government and regulated agencies; require governmental cooperation and coordination; and improve the availability or quality of information on violence, health outcomes, and associated costs. Remaining measures are to improve, expand, or clarify definitions in law and regulations; oppose counterproductive or inappropriate legislative or regulatory proposals; and repeal counterproductive or inappropriate laws. A 12-item annotated bibliography and an outline for evaluating public policy initiatives to prevent injury and violence
Main Term(s): Community crime prevention programs
Index Term(s): Gun Control; Gun control legislation; Violence; Violence prevention
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