YWCA Kauai Calls on Congress

Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, Co-Founder of Americans for Responsible Solutions, and YWCA Kauai County called on Congress to pass bipartisan legislation that protects women and families from gun violence by keeping guns out of the hands of domestic abusers and stalkers.

Gun Violence Statistics:

  • Nationally, women are 11 times more likely to be victims of gun violence than women in other high-income countries
  • From 2003-2012, domestic violence homicides consisted of 41.8% of all homicides of women in Hawaii.
  • Abused women are five times more likely to be killed by their abuser if the abuser owns a firearm.
  • In 36 states, more than half of intimate partner-related homicides of women in each state involved a gun.
  • Stalking affects one in six women in the U.S and more than three-quarters female intimate partner homicide victims were stalked prior to being murdered.

In 2014, six states – Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Washington, and Wisconsin – have enacted domestic gun violence legislation that will protect women with overwhelming bipartisan support and little controversy.

#ProtectAllWomen Leadership Network Pushes for Action at Federal and State Levels

On the heels of the first-ever Senate hearing on intersection of gun violence and domestic violence, another group developed to help protect women in the U.S:  #ProtectAllWomen Leadership Network. Representing a broad cross section of the gun violence prevention, domestic violence prevention, and women’s advocacy movement, the groups will work to lay the foundation for action at the state and federal levels in the 2015 legislative sessions.

Priorities to Reduce Gun Violence:

    • Preventing stalkers and abusers from having easy access to guns
    • Expanding background checks to prevent criminals, domestic abusers and other who threaten us and our communities from accessing firearms
    • Strengthening existing federal, state, and local policies and ensuring lawmakers and stakeholders have the resources and training they need to prevent and address gun violence against women.

It is time to pass comprehensive legislation to close existing loopholes to ensure that victims of violence are not vulnerable to gun violence at the hands of abusers and stalkers. Do your part today and contact your local Congress in support of this measure.

For more information on Hawaii Members of Congress, please visit: https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/HI

For more information on reducing gun violence, please visit: www.responsiblesolutions.org