In a continued effort to protect victims of domestic violence,  The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been chosen to participate in a ground-breaking two-year violence prevention initiative. Project Connect: A Coordinated Public Health Initiative to Prevent Violence against Women. The program is designed to improve the safety of women and children. It is funded by the Office on Women’s Health of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and is designed to identify, respond to and prevent domestic and sexual violence, and promote an improved public health response to abuse.

The Iowa House also  approved a bill during the 2010 session to prevent persons who are the subject of a protective order or convicted of domestic abuse from owning a gun. Senate File 2357, which was requested by Iowa judges and law enforcement officials, puts federal law into the Iowa code wince most domestic violence cases are settled in the Iowa court system.

Visit the Project Connect website for more information: www.endabuse.org/content/news/detail/1485/.