DV-graphic-VPCMore than 1,600 women were murdered by men in 2013 and the most common weapon used was a gun,  according to “When Men Murder Women, An Analysis of 2013 Homicide Data,”  a report recently released by the Violence Policy Center. 

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and guns play a major role in domestic abuse. “Guns can easily turn domestic violence into domestic homicide” and the finding  “demonstrate the importance of reducing access to firearms in the households affected by intimate partner violence.”

More findings:

  • Female intimate partners are more likely to be murdered with a firearm than all other means combined.
  • Guns are often used in non-fatal domestic violence, with hostile displays against family members more common than gun use in self-defense.
  • While 2/3 of women who buy guns buy them for protection against crime, owning a gun actually increases their risk for intimate partner homicide.
  • Firearms are rarely used to stop crimes; they are more often used to inflict harm on the people they were intended to protect.

The facts–from this report and so many others–continue to show that domestic violence and guns are a deadly combination.

Take action! 

Support state and federal measures to keep guns away from domestic abusers and stalkers: