Disarming the Batterer: Intimate Partner Violence and Firearms
Presented by Teresa Garvey and John Wilkinson, Attorney Advisors, AEquitas
Firearms are the most frequently used weapons in intimate partner homicide, eclipsing all other weapons combined. Aside from their lethal potential, guns pose a grave danger to victims when they are used to threaten or injure. Federal law, as well as state and tribal law in many jurisdictions, prohibits possession of firearms by many domestic violence offenders, provided that the laws are properly enforced. As prosecutors, it is our responsibility to make the most of the available tools at our disposal to disarm violent offenders and increase the safety of victims and our communities.
The presenters discussed:
• The danger posed by firearms in the hands of batterers;
• Firearms prohibitions for domestic violence offenders under federal or state law;
• Recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions interpreting federal firearms prohibitions;
• The importance of firearms surrender protocols.
Allied justice system professionals including but not limited to prosecutors, law enforcement officers, community-based service providers, medical and mental health practitioners, probation and parole officers, and judges are encouraged to view this webinar recording.
This one-hour recording should qualify prosecutors for one (1.0) hour of continuing legal education credit. Prosecutors are encouraged to contact their state bar association in reference to application requirements and related fees.
Click here to view the recording of the August 31, 2016 webinar.
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