Information for the Media
For Immediate Release - April 16, 2014
Ohio Coalition Applauds New Agency for Commonsense Gun Policies
The Ohio Domestic Violence Network (ODVN) applauds the launching of Everytown for Gun Safety, which will be the umbrella group for Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America in response to the devastating impact of gun violence in our communities. Everytown for Gun Safety will take action to raise awareness for important issues like guns in schools, domestic violence and child access to guns and fight for commonsense gun policies on the federal, state and local level.
More than three women a day, on average, are killed by an intimate partner, and guns play a large role in the level of lethality. We know that access to firearms dramatically increases the risk of intimate partner homicide, compared to instances where there are no weapons, and that abusers who possess guns tend to inflict the most severe abuse on their partners. Targeted, effective policies that respond to the crisis of domestic violence homicide must be supported.
“According to the Ohio Violent Death Reporting System, 2010 Annual Report, there were 436 homicides with 72.9% being a result of gun violence and 54.2% of female homicides were related to intimate partner violence,” said Nancy Neylon, Executive Director of ODVN. The Ohio Violent Death Reporting System (OH-VDRS), established in 2009, is a reporting system that collects information from multiple sources in an attempt to better understand the circumstances surrounding violent deaths, is funded through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and is part of theNational Violent Death Reporting System.
Universal background checks will make a particular impact on victims of domestic violence. The lifesaving Domestic Violence Offender Gun Ban already prohibits gun possession by those convicted of domestic abuse or who are subject to a domestic violence protection order – indeed one study showed this restriction as the second most common reason for denial of handgun purchase applications. Yet many of those individuals have been able to access guns through private sale, on the Internet, or at a gun show, where background checks are not required, and the results have been devastating.
Legislation must close the private gun sale loophole, including Internet and gun show sales of firearms, and implement required background checks for all those seeking to purchase guns. This will dramatically reduce batterers’ access to unregulated firearms.
There must also be increased federal support for consistent implementation of the Domestic Violence Offender Gun Ban. Limited resources at the state and local level have hampered the positive impact of this legislation, and federal resources are needed to ensure that it is applied fully, consistently and effectively.
“We should all be outraged over how many women are killed by gun violence. When abusers have access to firearms, victims are in grave danger,” concluded Neylon.
The Ohio Domestic Violence Network (ODVN), a 501(c)(3) organization, is Ohio’s leading voice for domestic violence victims and their allies. ODVN was founded in 1988 to ensure the elimination of domestic violence and serves as a critical source for professional training, resources, public education, and policy advocacy to survivors, domestic violence agencies, the justice system, the health care system, governmental agencies, and other organizations. To learn more about ODVN, please visit www.odvn.org.
Getting the story out
The media plays an importance role in breaking the silence surrounding violence against women and ensuring that coverage accurately reflects the experience of survivors and the complex dynamics of domestic violence. The media helps educates the public about community resources and the steps they can take to address domestic violence.
ODVN recognizes that every minute counts when you are on a deadline In your coverage of domestic violence issues and incidents the expertise and resources of ODVN and its statewide network of 70 local domestic violence programs can help reduce legwork, ensure accuracy and get your story out quickly.
We will make every effort to assist you in:
- Obtaining comment from coalition leaders
- Finding local domestic violence programs and other local, state and national experts
- Offering background on state and federal domestic violence laws, pending legislation and the range of available services
- Identifying resources for people seeking domestic violence services.
Ohio Domestic Violence Network Media Contact:
- Ohio Domestic Violence Network Receives Grant for Engaging Men in Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention in the HealthPath Service Area
For Immediate Release- October 10,2012
Ohio Domestic Violence Network- Nancy Neylon, Executive Director. - 614-781-9651, Ext. 227
For Immediate Release- June 25, 2012
Ohio Domestic Violence Network- Nancy Neylon, Executive Director. - 614-781-9651, Ext. 227 or Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence- Katie Hanna, Statewide Director, 216-658-1381, Ext. 125
- Ohio Domestic Violence Network Receives Funds to Address Economic Justice and Domestic Violence in Ohio
For Immediate Release- February 10, 2011
Ohio Domestic Violence Network- Nancy Neylon, Executive Director. - 614-781-9651, Ext. 227 or Nasim Hoomanrad, Outreach Coordinator 614-781-9651, Ext. 226
- While local domestic violence programs helped more than 67,000 victims in just one day,unmet requests increased
For Immediate Release- February 27, 2011
Domestic violence (DV) is a deeply complex issue to explain, and the media play an important role in reporting its facts accurately to news consumers, especially at times of great family and community tragedy. The Ohio Domestic Violence Network (ODVN) offers this media guide to assist reporters, copywriters, headline writers, editors and producers and to support your coverage of this issue and its broad impact. In this media guide you will find: 10 Things to Know About DV; Pitfalls to Avoid; Suggestions for Broadening the Storyline; and Local, State and National Resources.
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