Removing Guns From Batterers: Findings From a Pilot Survey of Domestic Violence Restraining Order Recipients in California

Katherine A. Vittes, Daniel W. Webster, Shannon Frattaroli, Barbara E. Claire, Garen J Wintemute

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Persons under certain domestic violence restraining orders in California are required to surrender any firearms in their possession within 24 hours of service. The California Department of Justice funded a pilot program in which Sheriff's Offices in two counties developed a system for better enforcing the firearm surrender requirement. As part of a larger process evaluation, 17 restraining order recipients were interviewed about their experiences with and feelings about the removal of firearms from their abusers. Most women surveyed wanted firearms removed and felt safer as a result of their removal. Implications of the findings are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)602-616
Number of pages15
JournalViolence Against Women
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2013



  • domestic violence policy
  • firearms
  • intimate partner violence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Law
  • Sociology and Political Science

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