© 2021 WOSU Public Media
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations

Columbus Launches Program To Disarm Domestic Abusers

City Atty. Zach Klein and Columbus Councilmember Shayla Favor.
Nick Evans
City Atty. Zach Klein and Columbus Councilmember Shayla Favor.

Columbus this week launched its Intimate Partner Homicide Prevention Project, a federal grant-assisted program designed to overcome hurdles in implementing domestic violence-related gun laws.

Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein says the aim of the grant is straightforward.

"To make sure we know what standard best practices are so that we can have a unified approach of disarming a domestic violence abuser from their gun," he says.

It will take the form of a series of conversations between local law enforcement, community services, and the U.S. Department of Justice's Office on Violence Against Women. 

"This is an opportunity for everyone to sit at the same table with experts across the country, to make sure that we have a common theme, common practices that are going to enhance safety for first responders and law enforcement, make sure domestic abusers are disarmed and children and families are safe," Klein adds.

The grant comes not in money but in technical assistance and expertise. Columbus is one of six recipients. The conversations will take place over the course of 12-18 months.