This open letter highlights how armed domestic violence is a public health epidemic in California and how a new bill AB 962 (DeLeon) could help victims of domestic violence by regulating the sale of handgun ammunition.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 11, 2009

Women’s Legal Resource
17452 Cantlay Street
Van Nuys, CA 91406
(818) 633-9969
randi@womenslegalresource.com

USA: An Open Letter to the El Dorado Sheriff’s Department and the El Dorado District Attorney’s Office Regarding Domestic Violence Victim Cecilia Riveria

Sheriff Jeff Neves
Vern Pierson, District Attorney:

My name is Randi Rosen, the Founder and Executive Director of Women’s Legal Resource.

Women’s Legal Resource is an organization that provides advocacy for victims of violent crimes and their children. El Dorado Hills resident and Victim Advocate, Alexis A. Moore, who sits on our Board of Directors and I are very concerned about Domestic Violence Victim, Cecilia Riveria’s passing which has sparked a level of concern amongst our organization and other domestic violence and crime victim organizations from across the country.

We are concerned in regards to the (response) or the lack thereof from the sheriffs’ department, The Center for Violence Free Relationships, The El Dorado County Superior Court, El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office and any other agency that was involved or that should have been involved in regards to Cecilia Riveria’s case. We want to let you know that we are holding all of the agencies accountable for her murder.

Domestic gun violence is a public health epidemic in California. All women should be aware that a gun in the home is 22 times more likely to be used against a member of the family than an intruder, and women are three times more likely to die from a domestic violence incident if there is a gun in the home.

A new bill AB 962 (DeLeon) could help victims of domestic violence by regulating the sale of handgun ammunition. It will prohibit the selling or furnishing of ammunition to prohibited persons.

Domestic violence is one of the most significant issues state courts face today. Domestic Violence cases are a large and rising portion of the domestic relations caseload in states courts regardless of socioeconomic background. The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department is not properly trained on how to handle Domestic Violence cases and is unaware of the danger their response causes.

Sincerely,

Randi Rosen
Executive Director
Women’s Legal Resource

Myra Spearman
Founder/The Weaker Vessel, Inc

Alexis A. Moore
Founder/Crime Victims Org. Network