Karina’s Bill is an important step to help protect domestic violence survivors

“It’s been nearly a decade since Kira fled her abusive husband, but the fear continues. Her husband used to chase her around their Chicago home with a shotgun, she says. He’d put it under his chin and threaten to blow his brains out — or to kill her.

With the help of family and the domestic violence shelter Sarah’s Inn, Kira and her children were able to escape. Police served the order of protection on her husband, but no weapons were removed from the home. Kira’s attorney returned to court, and a judge told her husband he had to surrender the guns to someone else – his elderly mother who lived in a nearby state.

Kira doubts the weapons were removed, and her teenage children have FaceTimed her while visiting their father to show the guns remained in his home.

‘It’s been eight years. I’m still scared. If I hear something outside, if the kids hear something outside, we all jump,’ said Kira. (The Editorial Board is not using her last name for safety and privacy reasons.) ‘You always live with that fear.'”

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