From OVW…….

Dear Colleague,

On behalf of the U. S. Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), I am writing to invite you to join us for a forum on The Intersection of Firearms and Domestic Violence: Promoting Safer Families and Safer Communities. We will also be launching a new website focused on preventing domestic violence-related crimes involving firearms. This event is part of the Department of Justice’s commemoration of the first Community Policing Week, as well as October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Date: Friday, October 7, 2016
Time: 1:30PM – 3:30PM
Location: The U.S. Department of Justice’s Robert F. Kennedy Building at 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20530
Space is limited to 100 people, so please RSVP as soon as you can, but no later than September 30, 2016, at
As many of you are aware, there is a critical need to support effective implementation and enforcement of domestic violence firearm prohibitions. We believe this requires a larger national conversation on improving the prevention of and response to domestic violence and fostering a comprehensive community response.

This forum will be an opportunity to hear about the relationship between domestic violence and firearms from experts in the field, as well as to learn about promising practices and recommendations for preventing domestic violence offenders from keeping or gaining access to firearms.

To accomplish our goals for this event, we want to engage in dialogue with stakeholders about these issues, and so we look forward to your participation. I hope you can join us for this important discussion.


Bea Hanson, Ph.D.
Principal Deputy Director From OVW