FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 26, 2016
CONTACT: Meredith Jacobs, VP of Communications
Washington, D.C. – As the recent tragedy in Hesston, Kansas shows, domestic violence is not a private matter, but a public safety crisis that impacts millions of people every day. The perpetrator of yesterday’s horrific crime had a history of firearm violations and domestic abuse convictions. Violent abusers with guns are a threat to our families, workplaces and communities. JWI calls on Congress to keep guns out of the hands of abusers and take immediate action to end the epidemic of gun violence that continues to claim innocent lives. We stand with the Hesston community in mourning the victims of this tragedy and pray for healing and strength for the survivors.
Jewish Women International (JWI) is the leading Jewish organization working to end violence against women and girls domestically and internationally. JWI is a Steering Committee member of the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence Against Women and convenes the Interfaith Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence and the Clergy Task Force to End Domestic Abuse in the Jewish Community, and is a member of the Gun Violence Table. JWI’s advocacy efforts focus on the passage of legislation that supports women and girls, ensures their economic security, and protects their right to live free of violence.