Approach Intimate partner violence (IPV), frequently called domestic violence, is a serious public health problem that affects millions of Americans, with far-reaching impacts not only for individual victims, but also for their families, their communities, and our economy.1“Intimate Partner Violence,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, October… Read More
Convene law enforcement, social service providers, and community members to provide support to survivors and deter abusers from engaging in violence.
Approach Ballistic evidence plays a critical role in preventing, investigating, and prosecuting gun crimes. Evidence such as spent cartridges or fired bullets collected from a crime scene can be used to link a specific weapon to the crime, and at a broader level, comparing ballistic evidence collected from multiple crime… Read More
Develop investigative leads by submitting ballistic evidence to the FBI’s National Integrated Ballistic Information Network for analysis.
Approach Cohesion across key stakeholders and strategies is particularly important to ensuring city gun violence prevention, and Mayor’s Offices of Gun Violence Prevention can play a key role in this. Commissioned by a Mayor, these offices coordinate, develop, and uplift gun violence prevention efforts occurring across the city. Important first… Read More
Establish a centralized office to coordinate key stakeholders and strategies to effectively and sustainably reduce gun violence.
Approach Family Justice Centers (FJCs) are a strategic approach to holistically address domestic violence and related gun violence through colocation of services. FJCs serve survivors of intimate partner violence, domestic violence, child abuse, sexual assault, elder abuse, and human trafficking, as well as the children and families of these survivors. Read More
Support domestic violence and gun violence survivors through colocation of holistic services.
Approach Cities generate data about gun crime and violence within their boundaries daily, including the characteristics of gun violence victims and perpetrators, the types of guns recovered by law enforcement, and case dispositions that may prohibit an individual from possessing a firearm. Cities have continually demonstrated that establishing a robust… Read More
Collect and analyze fatal and non-fatal shooting data to monitor gun violence, target resources, and inform policy and program decisions.
Approach Firearms tracing, which involves tracking the movement of a gun recovered by law enforcement from its first sale by the manufacturer to its first retail purchaser, is a key strategy for addressing gun violence.1Crime Gun Intelligence Centers, “Crime Gun Tracing,” accessed June 19, 2019, … Read More
Develop investigative leads by submitting every crime gun to the ATF’s National Tracing Center for analysis.
Approach Law enforcement agencies across the nation are implementing data-driven solutions to identify officers at high risk of problematic behavior, before it occurs. One solution being used by law enforcement to address use-of-force issues and officer-involved shootings is a data-based personnel management tool called an Early Intervention System. An EIS… Read More
Implement systems to identify officers at-risk of engaging in improper conduct or excessive use of force and address behaviors.
Approach The presence of a gun in a domestic violence situation makes it five times more likely that a victim will be killed.1Jacquelyn C. Campbell et al., “Risk Factors for Femicide in Abusive Relationships: Results from a Multisite Case Control Study,” American Journal of Public Health 93, no. Read More
Implement assessments in domestic violence cases to identify survivors who are at high-risk of becoming homicide victims.
Approach Domestic violence perpetrators are prohibited under federal law from owning, buying, or possessing a gun. Many states also ban domestic abusers from possessing a gun. However, domestic abusers often keep their guns and purchase more guns even after they are prohibited, because cities do not fully implement and enforce… Read More
Implement surrender and enforcement protocols to disarm domestic abusers who are not legally allowed to possess guns.
Approach The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) is used by firearm background check examiners, either at the FBI or, in some states, by agencies known as points of contact, to determine whether a prospective buyer is eligible to purchase a firearm.1… Read More
Investigate background check denials to identify individuals who may be at-risk of committing violence.