April M. Zeoli is an Associate Professor and coordinator of undergraduate studies in the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University.

Dr. Zeoli conducts interdisciplinary research, with a goal of bringing together the fields of public health and criminology and criminal justice. Her main field of investigation is the prevention of intimate partner violence and homicide through policy interventions. Specifically, she is interested in the role of firearms in intimate partner violence and homicide, as well as the civil and criminal justice systems responses to intimate partner violence. She is currently the primary investigator on research to analyze the strength of legal firearm restrictions for perpetrators of domestic violence and their impact on intimate partner homicide, and to study the implementation of domestic violence firearm laws in selected communities. In addition, Dr. Zeoli studies homicide more generally, and has received attention for interdisciplinary research that applies an infectious disease model to the spread of homicide in Newark, New Jersey. She earned her PhD from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she studied health and public policy, specializing in violence prevention, and a master’s in public health from the University of Michigan.

Resources By This Author

  1. Domestic Violence and Firearms: Research on Statutory Interventions

    April M. Zeoli, PhD, MPH | BWJP |

    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.

  2. Non-Fatal Firearm Uses in Domestic Violence

    April M. Zeoli, PhD, MPH | BWJP |

    Non-Fatal Firearms Uses in Domestic Violence analyzes the pervasiveness of batterers using firearms in nonfatal domestic violence to control their partners. Estimates vary regarding the frequency of firearm use, but national estimates suggest that 4.5 million women are threatened and 900,000 women have a gun used against them in their lifetimes in the United States.

  3. The Patchwork of State Laws on Firearm Prohibitions for Domestic Violence Protective Order

    April M. Zeoli, PhD, MPH | BWJP |

    This webinar provides a comparison of current state laws regarding firearms prohibitions following imposition of domestic violence protective orders.

  4. Domestic Violence and Firearms: Research on Statutory Interventions

    April M. Zeoli, PhD, MPH | BWJP |

    The crimes of domestic and dating violence and stalking are pervasive in our society.

  5. Multiple Victim Homicides, Mass Murders, and Homicide-Suicides as Domestic Violence Events

    April M. Zeoli, PhD, MPH | BWJP |

    This paper explores multiple victim intimate partner homicides, including mass murders, and intimate partner homicide-suicides.