Domestic Violence
Coordinating Council (DVCC)

Enhancing Victim Safety & Protection

Firearm(11 Del.C § 1448)
Firearms pose a particular threat to victims of domestic violence. In the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence’s 2012 publication, Gun Laws Matter 2012: understanding the Link between Weak Laws and Gun Violence, the Law Center ranked Delaware 11th out of 50 states for its gun violence prevention laws.

Stalking(11 Del.C § 1311)
Stalking is a distinctive form of criminal activity composed of a series of actions that, if taken individually, might constitute legal behavior. Prior to the passage of stalking laws, police and prosecutors often felt they were unable to adequately assist victims threatened by a stalker. The DVCC, in cooperation with the Victims’ Rights Task Force, sought to strengthen Delaware’s stalking and harassment statutes to better protect victims

Strangulation(11 Del.C § 607)
Strangulation is a significant risk factor for attempted or completed homicide by an intimate partner. Despite the intense peril to victims, strangulation was long overlooked as a crime and was widely referred to as “choking”, minimizing its high risk for lethality, serious injury, and long-lasting emotional trauma. When a person is strangled, it is not uncommon for there to be no visible injuries. However, these invisible injuries can be so severe as to cause the victim’s death several days later. Strangulation can cause neurological problems, paralysis, miscarriage, mental health problems, pain, insomnia and vision changes.

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