This article provides an overview of the various roles that firearms play in a domestic violence context.

The role of firearms in domestic violence-related homicides is enormous and beyond controversy. Firearms are used to commit the vast majority of domestic violence-related homicides against women, and the majority of all homicides committed against women involve an intimate partner. Firearms are frequently used in the intimate partner setting to threaten and control women and children with devastating consequences.

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    | BWJP

    Kristine Lizdas is the Legal Policy Director for BWJP. She oversees BWJP’s national military, custody, and protection order projects, and directly manages BWJP’s National Domestic Violence and Firearms Resource Center, as well as the Safer Families, Safer Communities project.

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