JWI has worked for decades to build a safer world for women and girls - and we know that this cannot happen without addressing the issue of gun violence. Every day, three women on average are killed by an intimate partner.1 Access to firearms increases the risk of intimate partner homicide by more than five times than in instances where there are no weapons. In addition, abusers who possess guns tend to inflict the most severe abuse on their partners.2
JWI has long called on Congress to pass commonsense measures that would combat the epidemic of gun violence. These reforms include:
- Instituting universal background checks for those attempting to purchase guns and maintaining strong protections so that those with domestic violence convictions or subject to protective orders are prohibited from purchasing firearms
- Banning both military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines
- Increasing access to and strengthening mental health and counseling services
- Invest federal funding in research on gun violence prevention and intervention
For more information, read JWI's fact sheets on this issue:
Also check out "7 Things to Know About Domestic Violence and Guns," authored by the executive director of the Violence Policy Center.
1 Bureau of Justice Statistics Crime Data Brief, Intimate Partner Violence, 1993-2001, February 2003. Bureau of Justice Statistics, Intimate Partner Violence in the U.S. 1993-2004, 2006.
2 J. C. Campbell, D; Webster, J; Koziol-McLain, C. R; et al. 2003. Risk Factors For Femicide in Abusive Relationships: Results From A Multi-Site Case Control Study. American Journal of Public Health. 93(7).