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The Intersection of Domestic Violence and Firearms

September 2019 Webinar

The Intersection of Domestic Violence and Firearms

While the media has only recently began to report on the link between domestic violence and gun violence, the domestic violence field has long been aware of the use of firearms as tools of power, tools of coercive control, and tools of intimate partner homicide.  This interactive webinar will dig deeper into the intersection between domestic violence and firearms; explore federal law and gaps in statute; discuss current federal legislation - the good, the bad, and the ugly; and provide information about resources available to advocates and others.  Ample time will be available for questions.

By the end of this webinar, participants should:

  • Understand the intersection between domestic violence and firearms;

  • Be familiar with existing federal law and and gaps in the law; and

  • Feel prepared to advocate for and against current federal legislation

Free for members / $25 for non-members



Dorian Karp serves as the senior advocacy and policy manager at Jewish Women International, a leading organization working to end gender-based violence, gun violence, and gender inequality. She works to advance legislative priorities through interfaith and secular coalition building, Hill advocacy, and weekly communication to the field. Before moving to D.C., she spent nearly a decade working in state government, the nonprofit sector, and political campaigns. Dorian received her master’s degree in public administration from the University of South Florida in 2016. Dorian holds a B.A. from Barnard College at Columbia University.

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Rachel Graber is the director of public policy at National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), amplifying the voices of victims, survivors and advocates in the nation’s capital. In this position, she has both organized and participated in numerous Congressional briefings about domestic violence, and she has been instrumental in the development and passage of important legislation to protect survivors, to provide services, and to keep firearms out of the hands of abusers. She is the co-chair of the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence’s (NTF) Firearms Subcommittee, the co-chair of the NTF’s Outreach Committee, and is an active participant in many other areas of domestic violence-related and intersectional public policy. She was also the creative force behind Disarm Domestic Violence, an interactive website to help survivors, advocates, lawyers, lawmakers, and others understand state laws governing firearm possession by respondents to protective orders. Prior to joining NCADV, Rachel was a junior/senior high school guidance counselor in rural Iowa.  Rachel holds a Masters of Social Work Degree and a Masters of School Counseling with an Endorsement in Gifted Education from the University of Iowa and is a graduate of Grinnell College.

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