Center for Injury Research and Prevention

Domestic Violence, Guns, and Children: Putting Policies Into Action Webinar

Domestic Violence, Guns, and Children Webinar(L to R): Eileen Horgan, Esq.; Teresa Salinas, LSW; Joanne Wood, MD, MSHP; and Rhona Gerber, MBA.

In late 2018, Governor Wolf signed Act 79 into Pennsylvania law, mandating that those convicted of misdemeanor crimes of domestic violence, also known as intimate partner violence (IPV), or subject to final protection orders surrender their guns within 24 hours. This law also mandates that defendants surrender their firearms to specific authorities, rather than turn guns over to family members or friends.

See below to watch a webinar that provides education on the current policy landscape related to domestic violence and guns in the home, specifically focusing on Pennsylvania’s Act 79, and empowers pediatric care providers to support patient families who may be in crisis.

Webinar Topics:

  • Mandates of PA Act 79 and where to find information/resources about it
  • Intimate partner violence, the overlap between domestic violence and child abuse, and how this topic can be addressed in a healthcare setting
  • The importance of understanding Act 79 to help protect families

This 90-minute webinar is moderated by Teresa Salinas, LSW, medical advocate at Lutheran Settlement House's Bilingual Domestic Violence Program and intimate partner violence specialist at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia’s (CHOP) Violence Prevention Initiative. The presenters are Teresa Salinas; Rhona Gerber, MBA, director of development at CeaseFirePA; Eileen Horgan, Esq., supervising criminal advocacy attorney at Women Against Abuse; and Joanne Wood, MD, MSHP, CHOP attending physician, research director of Safe Place: Center for Child Protection and Health, faculty member at PolicyLab at CHOP, and associate professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.

Please note that only those who attended the live presentation of this webinar on January 15, 2020 are eligible for Continuing Education Credits.

PDF of Presentation Slides

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CHOP Resources Presented in Webinar

Webinar - “Intimate Partner Violence and Pediatrics”

Webinar - “Counseling Families on Gun Safety in the Home”

Gun Safety Tips from CHOP Experts

Domestic Violence and Child Abuse

Safe Place Health Resources


Local Philadelphia Resources Presented in Webinar

Philadelphia Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-866-723-3014

“New Pa. Law Aimed to Disarm Accused Domestic Abusers Within 24 Hours. Hundreds in Philly Haven’t Turned in Guns."


Other Resources Presented in Webinar

National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)


IPV Health

PCADV Act 79 Fact Sheet

PCADV Domestic Violence Firearms Prohibitions

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

“What Are Parents Willing to Discuss with their Pediatrician About Firearm Safety? A Parental Survey.”

“How Pediatricians Can Advocate for Children’s Safety in Their Communities”

Domestic Violence, Guns, and Children: Putting Policies Into Action Webinar