JWI urges Congress to pass Omnibus bill

Washington, D.C. – Today, Jewish Women International (JWI), the leading Jewish organization working to end gender-based violence, commended Congress for including much-needed funding in the Omnibus funding bill, while expressing deep concern over the lack of protection for immigrant communities.  We applaud the tireless efforts of Senators Cornyn and Murphy to reform the background check process so that convicted domestic violence abusers are not able to purchase a gun.

Jewish Women International CEO Lori Weinstein made the following statement:

“Domestic violence is a public health crisis, with one in four women suffering severe physical violence by an intimate partner. I applaud the increases in funding for the Violence Against Women Act, the Family Violence Prevention Services Act, and the Victims of Crime Act which will help survivors get the services they so desperately need. However, we note that increases to Immigration and Customs Enforcement and border security will make it even more difficult for immigrant survivors to seek these same services. We are gratified that the Omnibus bill includes FixNICS, strengthening laws that mandate domestic violence records are uploaded to the national background check system. Approximately 4.5 million American women have been threatened with a gun by an intimate partner, and 1 million of these women have actually been shot or shot at by their abuser. JWI is a strong advocate for FixNICS, which is just one of the common sense measures that Congress needs to enact.

On behalf of JWI and our members across the country, I call on Congress to pass this funding package and keep working to combat the plague of gun violence in communities across our country. The stakes could not be higher.”

JWI Calls on Congress to Pass Legislation that Protect Survivors from Gun Violence

JWI Calls on Congress to Pass Legislation that Protect Survivors from Gun Violence

Washington, D.C. — Jewish Women International (JWI) has long supported gun violence prevention legislation – particularly when it intersects with the epidemic of domestic violence, dating abuse, and stalking. We are heartened by the interest in the Trump Administration to pass commonsense gun violence prevention legislation that updates our laws to prohibit domestic violence abusers from purchasing or possessing guns. Our 75,000 members call on all members of Congress to pass legislation that protects survivors from gun violence and to support other life-saving gun violence prevention legislation.

In 2016, our Interfaith Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence galvanized 500 clergy representing Christian, Muslim, and Jewish faiths to sign a letter of support for the Zero Tolerance for Domestic Abusers Act (H.R. 3207) and the Protecting Domestic Violence and Stalking Victims Act (S. 1539). Both bills would close loopholes that allow convicted abusers and stalkers to buy and own guns. Currently, federal law allows individuals convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence who have not cohabited with their victim or who do not have a child with their victim, as well as individuals convicted of misdemeanor stalking, to purchase and possess firearms. Since physical abuse occurs before seventy to eighty percent of intimate partner murders, it is imperative that Congress prohibit these perpetrators from owning and possessing firearms.

We thank Representatives Dan Donovan and Debbie Dingell and Senator Amy Klobuchar for their steadfast work to close the ‘boyfriend loophole’ which will prevent all abusers from purchasing guns. We urge all members of Congress to join them in co-sponsoring H.R. 3207/S.1539 and to pass this commonsense piece of legislation.