January 24, 2023
A statement from Deborah J. Vagins, President and CEO, National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV):
The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) joins Monterey Park and Half Moon Bay, California in mourning over the recent mass shootings. Our thoughts are with the victims, their families and their communities who are dealing with these acts of senseless violence.
Filming took place in Monterey Park as the city’s Asian community celebrated Lunar New Year weekend. Asian, American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) people have faced increasing rates of racism, hateful rhetoric and violence during the COVID-19 pandemic, and that a gunman attacked an Asian person during a vacation meant to bring joy adds an additional level of terror. In Half Moon Bay, early reports suggest the shooter may have targeted farm workers – another group also subject to violence and structural exploitation – and we will continue to monitor developments in this situation.
We are aware that authorities are investigating possible links to domestic violence, particularly in Monterey Bay. In the United States, between 2014 and 2019, it was found that 60% of mass shootings were domestic violence attacks or were perpetrated by individuals with a history of domestic violence. If a male offender has access to a firearm, the risk that he will choose to shoot and kill a female partner increases by 1,000%. These tragedies are predictable and they are preventable.
NNEDV stands in solidarity with the Asian Pacific Institute on Gender Based Violence (API-GBV), which remains committed to investing in “culture-specific and language-relevant prevention and intervention efforts” that support AAPI individuals and communities. We would also like to highlight some of API-GBV’s resources, including their directory of domestic and gender-based violence programs serving Asians and Pacific Islanders and their gun violence and domestic violence factsheet in the AAPI Community Factsheet.
All violence is interconnected and we reaffirm our commitment to creating a world free of violence, including gun violence. We look forward to the day when the response to another mass shooting will no longer be commonplace for organizations like NNEDV.
The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) represents the 56 U.S. state and territory coalitions against domestic violence. NNEDV is a social change organization with a mission to create a social, political and economic environment where 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.