Research, Information and Tools
- 54% of intimate partner homicides committed with firearms
- 5X increased likelihood of intimate partner homicide if firearm accessible
- 9% reduction in total intimate partner homicides when firearm restrictions added to restraining order statutes
The Safer Families, Safer Communities project has developed a number of resources for community members regarding the current state of knowledge on firearm-involved domestic violence as well as the legal authority for intervention in these situations. Additional resources and information are available by contacting the project directly and by visiting the Battered Women’s Justice Project’s Resource Center at http://www.bwjp.org/resource-center.html.
The Current State of Knowledge Related to Firearms and Domestic Violence
The crimes of domestic and dating violence and stalking are pervasive in our society. When a violent intimate partner has access to a firearm, a dangerous situation becomes a potentially fatal situation. More women are killed by their intimate partners than by any other offender group, and firearms are the weapon most often used in intimate partner homicide. Please see the attached summaries of the current state of research on firearms and domestic violence by Dr. April Zeoli.
- Domestic Violence and Firearms - Research on Statutory Interventions FULL
- Part I - Firearms and Domestic Violence - The Risks
- Part II - The Impact of State-Level Domestic Violence Restraining Order Firearm Restriction Statutes
- Part III - Firearm Prohibitions for Those Convicted of Misdemeanor Crimes of Domestic Violence
- Part IV - Statutes Authorizing Law Enforcement Removal of Firearms from the Scene of Domestic Violence
- Part V - Firearm Restrictions for Those Convicted of Stalking
- Part VI - Works Cited
Summaries of Statutes and Case Law Related to Firearms and Domestic Violence
The legal landscape surrounding firearm prohibitions in domestic violence cases is both confusing and dynamic. The attached legal summaries provide the casual reader with a baseline understanding of the statutes and case law relevant to this issue, as well as brief analyses of strengths and gaps in the current legal environment.
These 2016 summaries are not substitutes for specific state or Tribal law research, but are intended to provide general information. Please check the statutes of the state or Tribe for the most reliable and current language.
For additional legal resources, please see BWJP’s online Resource Center at http://www.bwjp.org/resource-center.html
- An Overview of Federal and State Law Related to Domestic Violence and Firearms
- Differences in State Laws
- Firearms and Domestic Violence - State and Territorial Statutory Provisions
- Limitations of Federal, State and Tribal Law
- Police Seizure of Firearms at Scenes of Domestic Violence
- Summaries of Significant Supreme Court Cases Related to Firearms and Domestic Violence
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