The Partnership, in collaboration with the Office of Emergency Services, is inviting domestic violence service providers of our State to apply for funding to design and implement a community awareness and education program and campaign to better inform our communities about the various remedies available to reduce gun violence risks and increase safety.
It is imperative that our communities, especially survivors of domestic violence are aware of their options when seeking safety, particularly as it relates to access to firearms present in the relationship, home, or extended family. This includes understanding the range of legal remedies available to them, and the protections provided under both civil and criminal laws designed to remove firearms from the abusive person. Among the available remedies is the Domestic Violence Restraining Order (DVRO), and the Gun Violence Restraining Order (GVRO).
A Gun Violence Restraining Order (GVRO) is a civil court order that prohibits someone from having a gun, ammunition, or magazines (ammunition storage and feeding devices). GVROs are designed to prohibit access to firearms and ammunition and were established to prevent suicide or mass shootings. A DVRO is a civil court order that helps protect people from abuse or threats of abuse from someone they have a close relationship with.
As the state promotes GVROs as an answer to gun violence it is critical that our communities, program service providers and especially survivors are educated around what restraining orders are most effective and efficient depending who needs protection and under what circumstances.
Rural and culturally specific DV programs are highly encouraged to apply.