Ohio Domestic Violence Movement
For Immediate Release
April 16, 2014
Nancy Neylon, Executive Director
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.
ODVN announces release of the second edition of
Trauma-Informed Care: Best Practices and Protocols for Ohio's Domestic Violence Programs
The second edition has exciting new additions and resources, including an informational flyer on trauma and trauma reactions for survivors of domestic violence entitled "Trauma and You," which can be downloaded and copied for you to distribute!