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.
- 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
CHOP Resources Presented in Webinar
Local Philadelphia Resources Presented in Webinar
Philadelphia Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-866-723-3014
Other Resources Presented in Webinar
National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)