New resource: Know Your IX focuses on sexual violence, harassment and abuse on U.S. campuses

Know Your IX is a campaign that aims to educate all college students in the U.S. about their rights under Title IX. Armed with information, sexual violence survivors will be able to advocate for themselves during their schools’ grievance proceedings and, if Title IX guarantees are not respected, file a complaint against their colleges with the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights.

This site is specifically focused on sexual violence, harassment, and abuse on U.S. college and university campuses.

Domestic Violence Survivor Protection Act would establish consistent nationwide protections

The Domestic Violence Survivor Protection Act would establish consistent, nationwide protections, prohibiting the sale to and possession of guns and ammunition by those subject to a temporary restraining order.

The presence of a gun in domestic violence situations increases the risk of homicide for women by 500 percent. In 2010, of all the women killed by a firearm in the United States, almost two-thirds of them were killed by an intimate partner.

In many instances,  laws fail to adequately protect victims at the moment they are most vulnerable—when a temporary restraining order has first been issued. The presence of a gun at this highly volatile moment can be catastrophic. The Domestic Violence Survivor Protection Act would make it a federal crime for those subject to a temporary restraining order to possess a gun.

Domestic violence victims are often at most risk when they leave and when only a temporary restraining order may be in place. Service of the temporary restraining order  can be a particularly volatile time. Laws regarding access to firearms for those served with temporary restraining orders vary by state. In many states individuals can continue to possess firearms during this time.

 

The Domestic Violence Survivor Protection Act would ban sale of firearms to those with temporary restraining orders

Washington Post editorial

Consider the following  scenario: A woman ends an abusive relationship with a boyfriend. She successfully applies for a permanent restraining order against him, and, as the law stands, a period of one to two weeks passes before that application gets a hearing. In the meantime, the woman receives only a temporary restraining order against her boyfriend, who is notified of her application and, with a proven history of violence, might seek revenge. In 33 states, that boyfriend is legally allowed to purchase a firearm before the restraining order on him becomes permanent.

All too often, we know how that story ends.

In 2010, two-thirds of the women shot and killed in the United States were killed by an intimate partner, and the presence of guns in situations of domestic violence increases the risk of homicide for women by 500 percent.

Common sense says that people under temporary restraining orders shouldn’t be able to buy guns in the brief period before those restraining orders become permanent. Why does the law still allow such purchases in a significant majority of states?

Connecticut’s senators, Richard Blumenthal, D, and Chris Murphy, D, are working to close that perplexing loophole. The Domestic Violence Survivor Protection Act, would impose a consistent standard across the nation to ban the sale of firearms to those with temporary restraining orders. This would make it more difficult for abusers to get access to guns in the volatile period between the time their partners take action to protect themselves and the time that protection is officially granted. The New York Times reported in March that at least five women in Washington state have been shot and killed over the past decade by an intimate partner in that limbo period — and that’s just one state. This bill might have saved their lives, and it will save lives if it is passed.

Seventeen states have extended those restrictions to include temporary orders. Research has shown that gun-related homicides among intimate partners in those states have dropped by as much as 25 percent.

Washington Post editorial