Gun violence and intimate partner violence are closely, and dangerously, interconnected. Our survivor-informed, community-based approach helps prevent harm and support healthy relationships.
Neighborhoods impacted by high rates of gun violence also have the highest levels of reported domestic violence incidents, and access to a gun makes it five times more likely that a partner experiencing abuse will be killed.
With an approach that is survivor-informed, community-based, and rooted in the principles of safety and accountability, we are taking essential steps at the intersection of gun and intimate partner violence to prevent harm and support healthy relationships.
1. Supporting Communities
Through public education campaigns, community programming, technical assistance, and working with communities to create a culture of healthy relationship norms, we support communities in preventing domestic violence.
2. Working Face-to-Face with Individuals Who Cause Harm
We run one of the few non-mandated programs available for individuals who have caused harm. Through voluntary engagement in individual counseling and group sessions, participants shift thinking and behaviors around trauma, gender identity, power, and control.
3. Responding Swiftly to Crises
When incidents do occur, our teams can provide short-term safety planning, connection to resources for individuals experiencing harm, and strategic community activations such as community responses, speak-outs, and healing events.
4. Empowering Survivors
We host support groups for survivors of intimate partner violence, empowering individuals to help others experiencing violence in their relationships. We also offer survivor-led restorative justice circles to promote healing steps with those who wish to maintain contact with their partners, as well as advocacy, case management, and trauma-informed counseling for victims.
Healthy, violence-free relationships are an essential part of safer communities. Together, we can end intimate partner violence.