DeCAGV Supports New Protections for Domestic Violence Victims

leghallAction on gun violence moves to Legislative Hall this month with the introduction of SB 83, a bill to strengthen protections for victims of domestic abuse.

The Delaware Coalition Against Gun Violence strongly supports SB 83, which will:
  • Prohibit gun possession by a person convicted of misdemeanor dating partner violence within the past 5 years;
  • Prohibit gun possession by a person convicted of a violent misdemeanor against a former cohabitant (person who lived with the perpetrator during the past 5 years);
  • Prohibit gun purchases by an abuser while he or she is subject to an emergency Protection From Abuse order;
  • Ensure that domestic abusers ordered to surrender their guns do so by requiring them to identify to the court how they have done so, and clarifying the procedure for surrender.
Gabrielle Giffords of Americans for Responsible Solutions (ARS photo)

SB 83 was introduced this week by Senator Margaret Rose Henry of Wilmington. It has attracted national attention through the support of Americans for Responsible Solutions (ARS), which supports commonsense legislation prevent gun violence. Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot in Tucson, Arizona, in 2011, co-founded ARS with her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly. Giffords is scheduled to speak this afternoon to the Delaware Senate and will visit with members of both the majority and minority caucuses in the House.

Here in Delaware and around our country, domestic violence and access to guns can be a lethal mix.

If there is access to a gun in a domestic abuse situation, it is five times more likely that a woman will die.

Delaware law already prohibits persons subject to a Protection from Abuse (PFA) order from owning, possessing, or purchasing firearms. SB 83 extends the firearm prohibition to the period covered by an emergency PFA—often the most dangerous time for the person seeking protection from the court.

Women in American are 11 times more likely to be killed by a gun than women in other developed countries.

For the first time in Delaware, SB 83 will include people who are or were in dating relationships or lived together, ensuring that people who are subject to a protective order can’t have easy access to a gun.

It clarifies the procedures under which firearms are to be surrendered to law enforcement officers or turned in at a staffed police station. It also requires certification to the court that this transfer has occurred.


Contact your senator and representative in support of this bill.
Click here to go to our Take Action Page.


SB83 Fact Sheet.pdf

Senate Bill 83 (Full Text)




Ride & Rally for Team 26

Join DeCAGV to Welcome Team 26:
Sandy Hook Ride on Washington


Monday, March 30 — 10:00 to Noon — Hockessin PAL
7259 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin 19707

  •  Who: Team 26: the Sandy Hook Bike Team from Newtown, Conn.
  • What: Only Delaware stop during their third annual Ride on Washington
  • Where: Police Athletic League, Hockessin
  • When: Monday, March 30, 10:00 to Noon

Why: Team 26 is riding from Newtown to Washington to honor the 26 victims of the Dec. 14, 2012, Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre and all other victims of gun violence—and to support common-sense state and federal gun reform. Since Sandy Hook, there have been more than 50 deaths from gun violence in Wilmington alone. DeCAGV is working every day to reduce the violence and to keep our kids and communities safe.

Join the Rally: Meet members of Team 26 as they take a short break during the third day of their 400-mile ride from Newtown to Washington. We’ll have music and balloons, plus the WiLDWiCH food truck serving beverages and sandwiches.


10:00 to 1:00
At the PAL Center


Ride with Team 26: Cyclists who would like to join Team 26 for the final few miles of the ride should assemble at the Center for Creative Arts in Yorklyn at 10:00 a.m. To register as a rider, email

Download a pdf copy of our poster here:
Sandy Hook Ride Poster Final2

Sandy Hook Ride Poster Final2

Winter Film Series

Building a Culture of Peace

Co-sponsored by Pacem in Terris and the Delaware Coalition Against Gun Violence

All events are held in the Daughty House adjacent to Westminster Presbyterian Church parking lot, 1503 W. 13th Street, Wilmington, DE 19806. For more information, call 302-656-2721. For detailed descriptions of these programs, visit

Violence and Health:
Fighting Back with Nonviolence

Tuesday, February 3, 7 pm

Treating Violence Like a Contagious Disease
TED Talk – Dr. Gary Slutkin
TED Talk – Scilla Elworthy

The Ripple Effect
A Film by Christiana Care Health System
Chaz Molins, Violence Intervention and Prevention Coordinator
Christiana Care Health System

Dr. Gary Slutkin
Dr. Gary Slutkin
Scilla Elworthy
Scilla Elworthy









Impacts of Gun Violence on Communities

Tuesday, February 10, 7 pm

Shell Shocked (film)




Mass Incarceration and the New Jim Crow

Tuesday, February 17, 7 pm

Broken On All Sides (film)








A New World View

Tuesday, February 24, 7 pm

One Day of Peace
Two TED Talks – Jeremy Gilley & Jody Williams

Jeremy Gilley
Jeremy Gilley







Jody Williams
Jody Williams














Tuesday, March 3, 7 pm

A Step Too Far? A Contemplation On Forgiveness

Forum: Gun Violence and Public Health

DeCAGV Supports the Movement for a Culture of Peace

Since November, the Movement for a Culture of Peace has held a public forum the first Saturday morning of every month. Delaware Coalition Against Gun Violence  invites you to what will be a provocative panel discussion of the public health issues raised by gun violence. Acting director George Higgins will moderate the discussion.

Saturday, Feb. 7, 9:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Trinity Episcopal Church
1108 North Adams. St (corner Pennsylvania Ave.)
Wilmington DE 19801

For a printable pdf of this poster, go to our Resources page:
For a printable pdf of this poster, go to our Resources page:

Why think of gun violence as a public health problem?

Consider this from the Journal of the American Medical Association in winter 2013, just after the Newtown, Conn. school shooting:

Injury prevention research can have real and lasting effects. Over the last 20 years, the number of Americans dying in motor vehicle crashes has decreased by 31%. Deaths from fires and drowning have been reduced even more, by 38% and 52%, respectively. This progress was achieved without banning automobiles, swimming pools, or matches. Instead, it came from translating research findings into effective interventions.

Given the chance, could researchers achieve similar progress with firearm violence? It will not be possible to find out unless Congress rescinds its moratorium on firearm injury prevention research. Since Congress took this action in 1997, at least 427 000 people have died of gunshot wounds in the United States, including more than 165 000 who were victims of homicide. To put these numbers in context, during the same time period, 4586 Americans lost their lives in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The United States has long relied on public health science to improve the safety, health, and lives of its citizens. Perhaps the same straightforward, problem-solving approach that worked well in other circumstances can help the nation meet the challenge of firearm violence. Otherwise, the heartache that the nation and perhaps the world is feeling over the senseless gun violence in Newtown will likely be repeated, again and again.

Yet, as the full article points out, the gun lobby actively works to prevent the gathering of data by the CDC and other entities that would allow the very same injury prevention research to focus on gun violence.

This is just one of the things that will be discussed at the Movement for a Culture of Peace forum on Feb. 7. Our panelists will be:

Pediatrician David Chen, M.D., M.P.H., Nemours/A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children

Zak Kozberg, Constituency Organizer, Americans for Responsible Solutions

Chaz Molins, M.S.W., L.C.S.W, Violence Intervention and Prevention Coordinator, Christiana Care Health System

LaVaida Owens-White, Nurse Consultant, Christ Our King Parish

The discussion will be moderated by George Higgins, acting director of the Delaware Coalition Against Gun Violence.

A new feature of the Saturday morning forum will be more time devoted to networking opportunities. Come as an individual or representing your organization. This is the Movement you need to connect the dots between us, to work together toward a culture of peace.

Confronting Institutional Racism


The Delaware Coalition Against Gun Violence is pleased to honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., by participating in this event. George Higgins, acting director of DeCAGV will be on the panel.

YWCA Delaware
Confronts Institutional Racism

“The Issue of Race Deeply Shapes America”

Monday, January 19th
10:00 AM – Noon

The Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew
719 N. Shipley Street
, Wilmington DE    
(Directions & Parking)

YWCA Delaware recognizes MLK, Jr. Day each year by presenting an Action Forum to raise awareness and inspire action to affect social change around issues of racial disparity and race relations. Join us for this year’s Action Forum to address institutional racism based on the fact that race continues to be a significant factor in every dimension of life such as employment, education, economics, housing, health care, crime, political candidates and public policy. 

The focus of the forum is to engage the community, willing executives and public policymakers to become proactive in finding common ground to close the racial divide in Delaware communities.

Panel Discussion:
Confronting Institutional Racism

 This forum will create opportunities for the community, business, government and political leaders together to have open and honest dialogue regarding racial justice issues that broadly impact the success of people of color and the entire Delaware community. The panelist will be talking about the need to develop workable solutions in the workplace and our communities, placing emphasis on the fact that diversity has real purpose and in our collective strength lies unity. We must move beyond racial dialogue and develop more integrative workplaces by creating risk-free environments that allow people to freely contribute their best ideas by genuinely being included. Influential people must move out of their comfort zone and serve as examples for others to do the same by establishing circles of inclusion.

Special Guest Panelists

Michele Greene
Chair of the US Constitution, 4th Amendment Search and Seizure Committee of the Coalition to Dismantle the New Jim Crow
Michele was educated in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania public school system and attended the University of Pennsylvania and Dickinson Law School. She worked for both the Defender’s Office and the District Attorney’s office in Philadelphia; was a member of the Human Relations Council in the early 1970’s; has a broad based background in business, finance, and the law; has lived in Delaware on and off for approximately 40 years; has three grown children and four grandchildren; and is currently a student in the Master of Liberal Arts program at the University of Delaware – a lifelong student.
George Higgins
Acting Director of the Delaware Coalition Against Gun Violence
During his career, George served as emissary from the DuPont Company to US Navy Commander in Chief Pacific. Following retirement, George has been a key player in alliance with the offices of the Governor and the Attorney General, working in concert with the Delaware Coalition Against Gun Violence to energize public action resulting in the enactment of Delaware’s first Background Check and Lost or Stolen Gun laws.
Dr. Yasser Payne
Associate Professor of the Department of Black American Studies at the University of Delaware
Dr. Yasser Payne is an Associate Professor in the Department of Black American Studies at the University of Delaware. Dr. Payne completed his doctoral work at the Graduate Center-City University of New York where he was trained as a social-personality psychologist. He also completed a postdoctoral fellowship funded by the National Institute of Drug Abuse where he worked on a re-entry and intervention based research project in New York City’s largest jail, Rikers Island—a project designed to reduce: (1) recidivism, (2) drug use, and (3) other risky behavior leading to HIV/AIDS.
Roy Sudler, Jr.
Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church’s Chairman of the Social Action Commission
Roy earned a Bachelor of Science with a concentration in Family Management from Morris Brown College in 1999. From Wilmington University, he received his first Masters Degree in Human Resources in 2002 and his second Masters in Healthcare Administration in 2006. Roy is a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.From 2001 to 2003, he served as the NAACP Labor Relations Chairman for the Delaware Central Branch. In 2004, Roy was appointed by the Mayor to the Dover Human Relations Commission where he served as Community Programs Chairperson from 2004 to 2009; in 2010 he was elected Chairman.In 2014, Roy accepted an appointment from Governor Jack Markel to the State of Delaware’s Human Relations Commission; in addition to currently serving in Dover as Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church’s Chairman of the Social Action Commission. In May 2014, the City of Dover’s Council Committee asked him to come back and serve on the Legislative Finance and Administration Committee.Roy occupies his time managing Mishoe Cove, LLC and his construction business, Sudler & Mishoe General Contracting Builders, LLC. .