Guns and Violence against Women

A young white woman stands before an outdoor sculpture of a handgun whose barrel is tied into a knot. It's on a stand at her shoulder level, and raises up above her head.

Guns and domestic violence are a lethal combination. In fact, women are five times more likely to be murdered by an abusive partner when the abuser has access to a gun. Learn the facts in this in-depth look at the issue, and see policy recommendations that you can advocate for. Note: although this resource refers primarily men and women, it acknowledges the high rates of domestic violence in the LGBTQIA+ community, and much of the information is relevant to people of all genders.

“Intimate partner violence and gun violence in the US are inextricably linked, impacting millions of women, families, and communities across the country. Abusers with firearms are five times more likely to kill their victims, and guns further exacerbate the power and control dynamic used by abusers to inflict emotional abuse and exert coercive control over their victims.”