Feds Launch Effort To Curb Domestic Violence

L.P. Phillips
February 06, 2019 - 1:02 pm

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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - Federal prosecutors are throwing their weight behind an effort to curb domestic violence.

The North Texas U.S. Attorney's office today announced a program to prosecute anyone who has a domestic violence abuse conviction and is caught with a gun. 

"We decided that we could bring our whole office and the resources of this office to bear and assist in this fight." said Erin Nealy Cox, U.S. District Attorney. "We cannot and should not stand by with so many domestic disputes going from bruises to bloodshed.

Federal charges have already been filed against three men in the North Texas division.

Federal law prohibits convicted domestic violence abusers from possessing guns. Yet police often find guns in the hands of repeat offenders.

"To the extent that we can mitigate the problem and get the guns out of the hands of people who have protective orders against them, or that we see this coming and we can act ahead of time, that's our goal." said Dallas County District Attorney John Creuzot.

Cox says research shows that abusers with a gun in the home are five times more likely to kill their partners than abusers that do not have access to a gun.

Dallas County statistics show on average, there are 15 domestic partner fatalities a year, with more than have involving gunfire.