Capitol Hill Briefing on the “Boyfriend Loophole”

LIVE recording – October 23, 2023

The “boyfriend loophole” is a critical gap in existing federal domestic violence law. It allows individuals subject to a domestic violence protection order to possess firearms unless the court finds they are in a “serious relationship.” In this briefing hosted by BWJP, Congresswoman Debbie Dingell and others will address the urgent need to clarify the statutory language, which poses a significant threat to the safety and well-being of countless individuals.

Hosted by BWJP in cooperation with Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-06)


Rebecca Henry, Esq.

Chief Program Officer of the Battered Women’s Justice Project

Gretta Gardner, Esq.

Chief Legal Officer Ujima Inc. The National Center on Violence Against Women in the Black Community

Jennifer Becker, Esq.

Director of the National Center on Gun Violence in Relationships and Project Director of the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence and Firearms for the Battered Women’s Justice Project

Rachel Graber, MA, MSW

Vice President of Government Relations and Advocacy for Jewish Women International