This brief focuses on the efforts of a Western District of Oklahoma (WDOK) USAO initiative, known as Operation 922. Operation 922 is a local implementation strategy of Project Safe Neighborhood (PSN) that prosecutes “domestic violence-derived” violent crime cases by focusing on enforcing federal gun laws. Operation 922 focuses on domestic violence (DV) abusers who are subject to a Victim Protection Order, or who have been previously convicted of a misdemeanor DV crime. In doing so, this dual focus of Operation 922 is not only removing violent offenders from the community but also protecting current and potential victims of DV. The brief examines the problem that Operation 922 is seeking to address and describes the strategies and impact of the program, including lessons learned which can be useful to technical assistance and service providers developing similar strategies.

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