As part of the Disarm Domestic Violence campaign, IANSA women from the Ceasefire Campaign in South Africa have undertaken a short-term media monitoring project to continue to highlight the need for better implementation of the Domestic Violence Act (DVA) relating to firearms.
The DVA is widely regarded as one of the more progressive examples of such legislation internationally. The Firearms Control Act 2000 specifies that a gun licence will be refused to anyone with a record of domestic violence and the 1998 DVA includes provisions to seize firearms from offenders after a protection order is granted.
Though the laws complement each other more needs to be done. Both Acts need to be correctly and effectively implemented to ensure that firearms are immediately removed from abusive intimate partners.
Such media monitoring also helps to demonstrate just how many incidents of armed domestic violence take place in a particular city or country, and show that this is a phenomenon that can to be stopped.
The Ceasefire Campaign hopes it will inspire other IANSA members to engage in similar action and share the results.