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Federal prosecutor to use office to fight domestic violence

October 29, 2019 GMT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Vermont’s United States attorney says she’s going to use federal guns laws to help hold domestic abusers accountable.

U.S. Attorney Christina Nolan tells WCAX-TV that domestic abuse cases are not always easy to prove using state laws.

Statistics show that nearly half of Vermont’s homicides stem from domestic abuse and about 40 percent involve firearms.

In many cases accused abusers break federal law if they are in possession of a gun with a previous misdemeanor domestic violence conviction, are under a restraining order, use illegal drugs, have a prior felony conviction or have been found legally mentally defective.

Nolan says these laws can be easier to prove than a typical state domestic violence case because the domestic abuse victims don’t need to testify in court.

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Information from: WCAX-TV, http://www.wcax.com