Victims of gun violence in abusive relationships are disproportionately women, with their abusers predominantly being men. Women are 500% more likely to be shot by an abusive partner if he has a gun. In Durham, North Carolina intimate partner gun violence has left four women dead in 2019. Gun violence is a gender equity issue and it is pertinent to explore solutions to protect women from further gun violence.
- The Durham Sheriff’s Department has a difficult time enforcing firearm removal orders from Domestic Violence Protective Orders (DVPOs).
- Individuals in abusive relationships often are unaware of the resources and legal help available to them in Durham.
- There is a lack of focus on preventative measures with current policies and procedures, the current focus is on how to help the victim after the incident has occured.
Implement a standard protocol in the Durham Sheriff’s Department on how to best remove firearms from an abuser that refuses to give up possession of their firearm.
Create a domestic violence prevention module in Durham Public Schools required health courses, to educate youth about what healthy relationships look like.