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What LA Is Doing About Gun Violence, Domestic Violence

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With the theory gun violence breeds gun violence LA's new City Attorney is cracking down.  He's even created a new position, "The Gun Violence Prevention Coordinator." Greg Dorfman will hold that post as well as continue as a gang prosecutor in the Northeast Division.

City Attorney Mike Feuer talked about gun violence and its role in domestic violence at a news conference held at City Hall recognizing Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The new Gun Violence Prevention Coordinator will also work with LAPD to enforce a law that gets guns out of the hands of accused batterers.

The law requires anyone issued a restraining order to surrender their firearm within 24 hours. Dorfman "will work with LAPD to determine which of those defendants may have registered  firearms in order to follow-up to assure that the firearms are actually surrendered."

The Domestic Violence Task Force is headed by Debi Ash. The news conference was fronted by LA City Councilman Mike Bonin. Disturbing figures released today show:

  • One in four women are victims of domestic violence
  • One in three teens experience domestic violence while dating
  • Three women a day are murdered in the U.S.
  • For women ages 15-44 domestic violence is leading cause of injuries
  • 1/2 the women who are homeless are victims of domestic violence
  • Every 15 seconds a woman is beaten

Feuer is concerned that children who witness domestic violence go on to become batterers themselves. As a city councilman he got a county grant so trained therapists could respond with law enforcement when children are involved. He's especially concerned about gang members and a cycle of violence.

For a police officer a domestic violence call can be the scariest given the volatile nature. Last year, the LAPD got 48-thousand domestic violence calls. On this day, first responders were honored for their work with a ceremony at City Hall. The task force insisted there are plenty of services starting with 911, SafeLA.org, and the National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-7233.

According to Feuer's office the coordinator will work more closely with LAPD to ensure other cases are filed for prosecution.  We're talking about cases that  include "include lying on a firearm application, brandishing a firearm, possession of a loaded firearm in public, possession of a concealed weapon, possession of a firearm of a prohibited person(all misdemeanors)" says Rob Wilcox, Director of Community Engagement and Outreach.

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