Capps Reintroduces Bill to Protect Victims of Domestic Violence and Stalking

Capps Reintroduces Bill to Protect Victims of Domestic Violence and Stalking

As we approach Mother’s Day, Rep. Lois Capps (CA-24) announced this week that she has reintroduced legislation to strengthen protections for women everywhere who are victims of domestic violence and stalking by closing loopholes that allow their abusers and stalkers access to guns.

Currently, more than three times as many women are murdered with guns used by their intimate partners than are murdered by strangers using a gun, knife, or any other weapon. Furthermore, dating partners were responsible for 35 percent of intimate partner homicides committed between 1976 and 2005, and the share of intimate partner homicides committed annually by current dating partners has been on the rise.

The Protecting Domestic Violence and Stalking Victims Act (H.R. 2216) would address these disturbing figures by closing several loopholes that currently exist in federal protections against gun violence for those who are victims of domestic violence or stalking. “We applaud the reintroduction of the Protecting Domestic Violence and Staking Victims Act,” said Ron LeGrand Vice President of Public Policy for the National Network to End Domestic Violence. “While federal law prohibits some perpetrators from keeping their firearms, dangerous loopholes remain for dating partners, stalkers, and abusers served with emergency temporary protective orders. Representative Capps’s bill closes these dangerous loopholes and will save countless lives when it is enacted.”

“In 2014, The Hotline conducted a survey where nearly 16 percent of the participants said their partners had access to guns, and a startling 67 percent said they believed their partner was capable of killing them,” said Katie Ray-Jones, chief executive officer of the National Domestic Violence Hotline. “For those individuals, it is critical that we continue to work together to strengthen the law to protect survivors from firearm violence at the point when they first seek help.”

The bill has 18 original co-sponsors in Congress. It is supported by the National Domestic Violence Hotline, National Network to End Domestic Violence, National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, National Center for Victims of Crime, Futures Without Violence, National Latin@ Network and Casa de Esperanza.

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  1. What can be done about violations of CPO/RO (nocontact)? My ex (div7yrs)attempted to stab me and our child with a 12″ butcher knife. He told our 8 yr old he was going to kill us and told him he would be forced to watch me and his sister die a slow painful death before he killed him. In jail he sent letters to kids. Due to ” over crowding ” he was allowed to plead to 90 days in the county jail with 1 yr of summary probation. The day of our final hearing for the r.o he was breaking into my house instead of showing up to court. He has scheduled hearings to try to modify child support yet never shows and when i return home it is obvious someone has entered. We all are suffering from P.T.S.D now….my children are failing in school (used to get A’s and B’s). This year alone they have missed over a month or more of school because of panic attacks.i have been on disability for 7 months due to the anxiety and depression. I have been given meds but cant take them because they knock me out and i cant protect my babies.
    I have tried many different things to secure our home. I changed all locks added locks to Windows. Activated alarm and had to get a new system because the lines were cut to the alarm and phone lines.got a new wireless system and had to break the contract due to ” false alarms” and the $70 cee each time. I cant just up and sell my house he has ruined my credit. So there is no way i can get a new one. Up until lately i had no proof. I have 5 laptops that stopped working. I was able to recover some info event logs showing he accessed my pc remotely. Hr is a IT admin by trade. He tried to delete my Windows operating systems, pictures music and financial documents and information vital to my home modification. None of the info he had transferred or deleted was his. Nor does he have any rights to it…like o said we have been legally divorced since 2007. I know he is trying to get back at me for having him arrested. I dint know what to do and it is not helping with pur healing knowing he keeps violating our safe space. We were not the ones that commited the crime yet we are continually punished. Why is he able to walk free with no repercussion foe his actions. I am at my witts end and after 20 years of it i am ready to give up hope.

    1. Lynn,

      Thank you so much for reaching out. You’ve been through so much and you deserve support and care to help you through this and allow you and your children to finally get the peace and safety you deserve. From what you’ve described, your situation sounds like something that would be best addressed by speaking to you directly, so if you’d like to, you can reach us 24/7 at 1-800-799-7233, or on chat 7am-2am CST at http://www.thehotline.org.

      Best,
      Advocate MT

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