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NCJ Number: 237339 Find in a Library
Title: Domestic Violence and Firearms: A Deadly Combination
Author(s): John Wilkinson; Toolsi Gowin Meisner
Date Published: March 2011
Page Count: 7
Sponsoring Agency: AEquitas
Washington, DC 20005
US Dept of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 2009-TA-AX-K024
Sale Source: AEquitas
1100 H. Street, Suite 310
Washington, DC 20005
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Format: News/Media
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This newsletter provides information for criminal justice system partners on responding to domestic violence offenders with access to firearms.
Abstract: In all possession of firearms by prohibited persons prosecutions, the defense will challenge the basic elements of the crime: whether the weapon is a firearm, whether the defendant was in fact in possession of the firearm, and whether the defendant is properly categorized as a prohibited person. To help the United States Attorney’s Office, and State and local prosecutors disarm dangerous individuals and hold violent offenders accountable, accurate records of charges and convictions through a proactive approach in misdemeanor courts must be established. Findings show that steps should be taken when someone is convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, to include: routine inquiries about their access to firearms; disarming individuals who may no longer legally possess a firearm; and providing notice of the firearms prohibition to those affected along with documentation on service of that notice. Criminal justice system partners (prosecutors, police, judges, and clerks) should coordinate their responses to threats posed by domestic violence abusers who have access to firearms. 57 endnotes
Main Term(s): Female victims
Index Term(s): Domestic assault; Evidence; Federal law violations; Firearms; Homicide victims; Judicial process; Prosecutor training; Violence Against Women Act
Note: Strategies, Issue 3, March 2011
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