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Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research

Intimate Partner Violence

Each month, approximately 50 American women are shot to death by intimate partners, and many more are injured. Faculty with our Center study policies and behaviors related to gun violence perpetrated by domestic violence offenders.

As firearms are the most common weapon used in intimate partner homicides (IPH), the Center seeks to identify whether existing purchase and possession prohibitions effectively keep firearms out of the hands of batterers.

Key Statistic

The presence of a gun in a domestic violence situation makes it five times more likely that a woman will be killed.[1]

“Research by our Center faculty has identified important gaps in laws designed to keep firearms from IPV perpetrators and the enforcement of those laws. Thirteen states and Federal law prohibit gun purchases by individuals convicted of domestic violence; if states were to extend this ban to people convicted of any violent misdemeanor, the result would be a twenty-three percent decrease in intimate partner homicides.”

– Daniel Webster, Center Director

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[1] Campbell et al. Risk factors for femicide within physically abusive intimate relationships: Results from a multi-site case control study. Am J Public Health. 2003 Jul;93(7):1089-97.