Indiana Dads Expo

5/12/14  Engaging dads, promoting fatherhood. Join the Indiana Fatherhood Coalition for the Dads Expo, June 15 from 9 am to 1 pm in Indianapolis. Visit indianafatherhoodcoalition.com for more information.

Not Alone – Protecting Students from Sexual Assault

4/29/14   The White House is pushing colleges to survey their students about sex assault and other “campus climate” issues, part of a rape-prevention campaign that will include a Web site to support survivors and track enforcement, a public service announcement from President Obama, and recommendations for how to handle reported assaults. “Colleges and universities can no longer turn a blind eye or pretend rape and sexual assault doesn’t occur on their campuses,” Vice President Biden said as a 20-page report was released Tuesday.  “We need to provide survivors with more support and we need to bring perpetrators to more justice and we need colleges and universities to step up.”

Supreme Court Keeps Guns Away from Domestic Violence Abusers

3/26/14   “Victims of domestic violence and their advocates are breathing easier today, since the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that convicted domestic violence abusers will be prohibited from possessing firearms,” said Kim Gandy, President and CEO of the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV), which celebrated today’s significant decision in U.S. vs. Castleman.

     “A contrary decision would have eroded the very heart of the long-standing federal protections that prohibit abusers from possessing firearms,” said Gandy. “Frankly, we were terrified that a decision would re-arm thousands of abusers — the very people who are most likely to murder their intimate partners – which would have been tragic beyond measure. We are delighted that the Court upheld this vital law.”

     NNEDV submitted an amicus curiae brief, with support from Mintz Levin, outlining the importance of upholding this protection through a common-sense interpretation of the law. NNEDV’s brief was referenced by the Court.

     Women in the United States are 11 times more likely to be murdered with a gun than women in other high-income countries. Even more telling, women in the US are murdered by their husbands and intimate partners with guns at a rate three times higher than women are murdered by strangers using any combination of guns, knives or other weapons. Another study shows that homes with guns have a 3-fold increase in homicide risk as compared to homes without guns, and this risk increases to 8-fold when the perpetrator is an intimate partner or relative of the victim.

     “Firearms in the hands of abusers play a large role in the lethality of domestic assaults,” said Gandy. “When there has been previous domestic violence, as in the Castleman case, the risk of homicide is 20 times higher. With those odds, giving abusers unfettered access to deadly weapons is gambling with women’s lives.”

     Read the full opinion from the Supreme Court here.