January 24, 2023
A statement from Deborah J. Vagins, President and CEO of the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV):
The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) grieves with Monterey Park and Half Moon Bay, California following the recent mass shootings. Our thoughts are with the victims, their families, and their communities as they deal with these senseless acts of violence.
In Monterey Park, the shooting took place as the city’s Asian community celebrated Lunar New Year weekend. Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) have faced increased rates of racism, hateful rhetoric and violence during the COVID-19 pandemic, and having a gunman target Asian people during a holiday meant to be joyful adds an extra layer of horror. In Half Moon Bay, early reports suggest the shooter may have targeted farmworkers, another group also facing violence and structural exploitation, and we will continue to monitor developments in this situation.
We understand that authorities are investigating possible connections to domestic violence, particularly in the Monterey Bay. In the United States, between 2014 and 2019, 60% of mass shootings were found to be domestic violence attacks or perpetrated by individuals with a history of domestic violence. When an abusive man has access to a firearm, the risk that he will choose to shoot and kill his partner increases by 1000%. These tragedies are predictable and preventable.
NNEDV stands in solidarity with the Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence (API-GBV) as they continue to advocate for investments in “culturally specific and linguistically relevant prevention and intervention efforts” that support AAPI individuals and communities. We also want to improve some of API-GBV’s resources, including its Directory of Domestic and Gender-Based Violence Programs Serving Asians and Pacific Islanders and its Fact Sheet on Gun Violence and Domestic Violence in the AAPI Community.
All violence is interconnected and we reaffirm our commitment to creating a world without violence, including armed violence. We look forward to the day when responding to another mass shooting is no longer commonplace for organizations like NNEDV.
The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) represents all 56 US state and territory coalitions against domestic violence. NNEDV is a social change organization with a mission to create a social, political and economic environment in which domestic violence no longer exists. NNEDV works to make domestic violence a national priority, change the way society responds to domestic violence, and strengthen domestic violence advocacy at all levels.