Domestic Violence and Firearms
In 2013-2014, 54% of perpetrators in domestic violence related shooting deaths were already legally prohibited from possessing firearms at the time of the homicide (Washington State Coalition against Domestic Violence, www.wscadv.org (EXTERNAL LINK)).
Removing firearms from people who are legally prohibited from possessing them is an important public safety strategy.
Where to turn for assistance from the Unit:
Our Unit Advocate and Coordinator may reach out to you if you are listed as the protected party on a case involving a court order (for example, a domestic violence protection order, sexual assault protection order, etc.) that orders the restrained person to immediately turn in their firearms and prohibits them from possessing firearms. We know that firearms in the hands of people who abuse loved ones are very dangerous. Whether the firearm is used to control, intimidate or harm, the risks of injury or death are significantly heightened in these cases.
Help is available.
Please feel free to reach out to our staff for more information about safety planning, supportive resources in the community and how to safely remove the firearms if they have been ordered to be turned in based on a court order.
Court Coordinator: email@example.com
Advocacy resources in the community: http://www.dvprotectionorder.org/resources.html (EXTERNAL LINK)
Want notification when your order has been served, is close to expiration or if the respondent tries to purchase a firearm?Register for: Washington VINE Protective Order (WA VPO)
This is an automated service that helps keep petitioners and crime victims informed by automatically notifying
them when protective orders have been served against a respondent and when they are about to expire. You can
also register to be notified if the person you are protected from applies to purchase a firearm or a concealed
pistol license (CPL).