Yakima is one of six U.S. cities receiving funds to prevent gun violence against women

Eastern Washington, Yakima

YAKIMA, Wash. — Through ongoing efforts to address gun violence and how it impacts women, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) has secured $500,000 in funding through the Department of Justice to implement protocols that aim to reduce gun violence.

A member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Sen. Murray secured the funds through the DOJ’s Office of Violence Against Women on July 6, 2022. The City of Yakima will be home to one of six new sites participating in the Firearms Technical Assistance Project (FTAP).

The project was explained in detail by Allison Randall, who is the Acting Director of the Office of Violence Against Women:

“We cannot end domestic violence homicides without crafting strategies that meet the unique needs on the ground in communities, including centering those who have been historically marginalized. This is why it is critical that FTAP sites work with underserved communities to implement firearm prohibition strategies that reflect their needs. OVW’s Firearms Technical Assistance Project keeps survivors and communities safe by using a holistic, culturally specific approach to firearm relinquishment – addressing the critical and often lethal nexus of firearms and domestic violence.

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Violent crime is rampant in the City of Yakima, where shootings are a regular occurrence. Using the financial support offered by this program, strategies to limit gun violence will be implemented across the city.

The expansion of this program is one piece of a larger puzzle in the White House’s attempt to reduce gun violence. FTAP was named by the Biden Administration as a crucial tool in keeping firearms out of the hands of abusers.

“By providing funding directly to communities, DOJ is giving cities like Yakima the resources and support they need to keep people safe in their own home,” Sen. Murray said. “In Congress, I’m proud to have recently helped close the boyfriend loophole to finally keep firearms out of the hands of domestic abusers and I’ll keep working to build safer communities every way that I can.”

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