Closing domestic violence loopholes and supporting critical violence intervention programs
The importance of locally-driven violence prevention and intervention programs, as outlined in the Giffords Law Center’s 2016 groundbreaking report, Healing Communities in Crisis, are critical to breaking the cycle of gun violence in some of our country’s most impacted communities. In Connecticut, Giffords works with partners to advocate for the funding of Project Longevity, a program that has gained national attention for its effective strategies to reduce gun violence. The program, which was first launched in 2012, has helped reduce rates of gun violence by over 50 percent in urban areas of Connecticut, and has become a national model of state-level support for evidence-based violence reduction strategies. In 2016, Giffords worked closely with the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence to successfully pass a bill signed by Governor Malloy that closed a loophole in Connecticut law which allowed domestic abusers to have access to guns when subject to an “ex parte”, or temporary, restraining order. Giffords worked extensively to educate legislators about this bill, and commissioned a poll that showed 86 percent of Connecticut voters supported the proposal. The road to passing this bill began in 2015 when Congresswoman Gabby Giffords traveled to Connecticut to meet with leaders in the Connecticut legislature and domestic violence prevention community to discuss the nexus of gun violence against women and families, and to call for action on this issue.
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