May 13, 2016

Disciples Support an End to Domestic Violence and Gun Violence

1 in 4 women in the United States experience severe physical abuse at the hands of an intimate partner. The presence of a gun in a violent relationship increases the risk of homicide by 500%. There is also a strong correlation between stalking and future violence: one study found that 76% of women murdered by a current or former intimate partner experienced stalking in the year preceding the murder. We need to put an end to this epidemic immediately.

As people of faith, we are called to action and we seek solutions that address the connections between intimate partner violence and guns. The Disciples Center for Public Witness has joined 500+ clergy members and faith organizations in support of The Zero Tolerance for Domestic Abusers Act (H.R. 3130) and the Protecting Domestic Violence and Stalking Victims Act (S.1520). These laws would close loopholes that allow convicted abusers and stalkers to buy and own guns. Currently, individuals convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence who have not cohabited with their victim or who do not have a child with their victim, and individuals convicted of misdemeanor stalking, are not prohibited from purchasing or possessing guns. When convicted abusers and stalkers have guns, women’s lives are at risk.

Here's how you can get involved:

1. If you are a member of clergy: sign the letter to Congress in support of H.R. 3130 and S. 1520.

2. Join us for the National Faith Call-In Day on Domestic Violence and Guns on Wednesday, May 18, 2016. Contact your members of Congress by calling the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121. You can use talking points from the faith letter (linked above) or from this page. Urge them to support H.R. 3130 and S. 1520!

3. Download the graphic below and share on your social media pages (or, even easier, share directly from our pages: Facebook and Twitter).

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