Navigation Links
CVI puts research into practice on firearms and domestic violence
Date:11/13/2013

HUNTSVILLE, TX (11/13/13) -- The Crime Victims' Institute (CVI) at Sam Houston State University initiated a new series of reports to help victim advocates translate the latest research in the field into practical services and resources for victims, beginning with a study on firearms and intimate partner violence.

The report provides a summary of laws and policies that can be used to better protect victims of domestic violence.

In 2012, 114 women were killed by current or former intimate partners in Texas. Sixty percent of these victims were killed with firearms, and many of the incidents resulted in the death or injury of bystanders, including children.

Research has consistently demonstrated a link between firearms and lethal intimate partner violence. One study showed the most significant factor for predicting homicide in domestic violence cases was gun ownership by the abuser. Another study found that women living with a gun in the home have a significantly higher risk of being murdered, and that risk is 20 times higher when there is a history of abuse combined with gun ownership.

To protect victims of domestic violence, several laws and policies have been enacted. They include:

  • The federal Gun Control Act of 1968 makes it illegal to purchase or possess firearms or ammunition by a person who has been convicted of a felony, who is the subject of a protective order, or who has been convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence.

  • For protective orders to fall under this federal law, several factors have to be met, including a qualifying relationship, a hearing process, and a specific prohibition against the threat or use of force against the petitioner or child. There is an exception for government employees who use firearms to perform their duties, such as law enforcement officers or military personnel.

  • Under the Lautenberg Amendment of 1996, the weapons prohibition was added to the federal law for a misdemeanor domestic violence conviction. Under this provision, the charge must include the threat or use of physical force or a deadly weapon against a spouse, co-habitant, parent or guardian. The law is retroactive, there are no exemptions for those who use weapons in their official duties, and the ban on gun ownership is effective for a lifetime.

  • Texas law is similar to federal statues, but also prohibits concealed handgun licenses.

  • Several Texas judges have required the surrender of firearms in domestic violence cases, verification of compliance by county attorneys, and notification of victims if weapons are returned. Many of these steps are identified in Texas Family Violence Bench Book.

  • A manual published by the National Center on Protective Orders and Full Faith & Credit, "Enforcing Domestic Violence Firearms Prohibitions," includes a firearms checklist for advocates, law enforcement, prosecutors and judges. It is available at http://www.fullfaithandcredit.org.

  • As part of safety planning, advocates should discuss issues with victims about the ownership or use of weapons by the abuser.


'/>"/>

Contact: Beth Kuhles
kuhles@shsu.edu
936-294-4425
Sam Houston State University
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Cutting edge research into drug side effects could save NHS money and make more drugs safely available
2. BCC Research Publishes A New Report on Global Markets for Biorefinery technologies
3. Tips from Water and Skin Researcher About How “Pre-Moisturizing” Improves Benefits of Skin Lotion
4. Statworkz Introduces Research Methodology Consultation
5. Online Eyeglasses and Contact Lens Sales in Australia Industry Market Research Report Now Updated by IBISWorld
6. Latest Research and Treatment Innovations in Speech, Language, and Hearing Disorders to be Presented at ASHA National Convention
7. Mayo Clinic: Researchers to study bodys defense system to find new treatments for Alzheimers
8. Researchers call for health-care changes to help adults with developmental disabilities
9. Website Solutions Company Announces Website for Health Equity Research at Texas A&M University
10. Bel Marra Health Reports on Recent Research Reveals That the Flu Shot May Protect Against Both Influenza and Heart Attack
11. Research Links Mold With Parkinson's Disease, My Cleaning Products Suggests Mold Removal Sprays to Help Public Avoid the Illness and Spores' Other Health Effects
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:9/2/2020)... ... September 02, 2020 , ... RAM Technologies, Inc., ... Medicare Advantage and Special Needs plans, is proud to support the 2020 National ... (AHIP). RAM is supporting the event as a sponsor and exhibitor and will ...
(Date:9/1/2020)... , ... September 01, 2020 , ... ... with specialty fellowship training in aesthetic surgery of the face, breast, and body. ... the only female-owned premier boutique plastic surgery and aesthetic practice in Southwest Florida. ...
(Date:8/31/2020)... ... August 31, 2020 , ... Want to get moving, break ... Alliance Research Foundation (CPARF) is thrilled to launch its fourth annual STEPtember campaign in ... virtual challenge, STEPtember meets everyone wherever they are at this moment — encouraging people ...
(Date:8/31/2020)... ... ... “PTS” with Mediation & Hypnosis , At this very turbulent time in the world, ... immense stress, and right now are needing serious relief from a constant state of endless ... experiencing a great degree of emotional discomfort, be it fear or worrying about their income ...
(Date:8/28/2020)... (PRWEB) , ... August 28, 2020 , ... ... Founder & CEO Craig Mandeville was named an Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2020 ... program honors entrepreneurial business leaders whose ambitions deliver innovation, growth and prosperity as ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:9/3/2020)... Colo. (PRWEB) , ... September 03, 2020 , ... ... Colorado at Boulder’s Vance Lab ( https://www.colorado.edu/lab/vance/masks ), an aerosol and engineering lab, ... can provide better protection against the COVID-19 virus than many other masks. Q&J ...
(Date:9/2/2020)... (PRWEB) , ... September 02, ... ... the Fight Against Covid-19 , Advanced Penetration Technology, LLC, (APT) a Texas- ... for patients utilizing non-prescription, Over The Counter (OTC) products, was today provided ...
(Date:9/1/2020)... ... September 01, 2020 , ... Neil ... serve as Secretary to the Board of Trustees and committee chair of the ... Way is a Denver-based nonprofit organization that fights for the education, health, and ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: