DV & Firearms Program

Domestic Violence & Firearms

The Metro Nashville Office of Family Safety (OFS) works to prevent and respond to gun violence in interpersonal violence through our work with clients helping them plan for safety when a gun is involved, our High Risk Intervention Panel (HRIP) coordinated case response, and through our multi-disciplinary system-wide DV & Firearms Dispossession Task Force to ensure firearms dispossession required by state and federal law of convicted domestic violence offenders and those with active Order of Protection against them.

DV & Firearms Dispossession Task Force

What is the DV & Firearms Dispossession Task Force?

  • This task force discusses interagency policies and procedures for Nashville-Davidson County to ensure the surrender of all firearms owned by defendants convicted of domestic violence or with an active Orders of Protection under state and federal law.
  • The DV Firearms Dispossession Task Force has created a city-wide protocol for the step-by-step procedures that can ensure firearms surrender is effective.
  • OFS will begin a process of flagging all firearms on criminal cases of domestic violence and within Orders of Protection in June 2019.

DV Firearms Dispossession Task Force Members

  • Metro Office of Family Safety
  • Metro Nashville Police Department, Domestic Violence Division
  • Metro Nashville District Attorney’s Office
  • Metro Nashville Criminal Court Clerk’s Office
  • General Sessions, Circuit Court, and Criminal Court judges
  • Davidson County Sheriff’s Office
  • General Sessions Probation
  • TN State Probation and Parole
  • US Attorney General’s Office

Firearms & Domestic Violence Statistics in Nashville

From January to March of 2019[1]:

  • 41% of victims who answered the LAP reported their abuser had or could easily get a firearm
  • 31% of victims who answered the LAP indicated that their abuser had used or threatened them with a weapon previously
  • 2 out of 4 domestic violence homicides in 2019 were perpetrated with a firearm.
  • 10 out of 13 domestic violence homicides in 2018 were perpetrated with a firearm.

[1] Data obtained from Metro Nashville Police Department, Domestic Violence Division, April 2019.