American women are 11 times more likely to be murdered with a gun than women in other high income countries and the presence of a gun in domestic violence situations increases the risk of homicide for women by 500%.
According to the most recent data published by the Violence Policy Center, Tennessee is ranked 9th in the nation for women murdered by men, most commonly with a gun. In almost every incident, the women knew their killer – it is almost always a current or former intimate partner or spouse.
Taking steps to keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers or those who show signs of being an abuser or who display violent behavior can save women’s lives.
Below are a series of academic research studies and publications related to domestic violence and firearms.
State Intimate Partner Violence–Related Firearm Laws and Intimate Partner Homicide Rates in the United States, 1991 to 2015
Annals of Internal Medicine
The Transmission of Gun and Other Weapon-Involved Violence Within Social Networks
Risks and Targeted Interventions: Firearms in Intimate Partner Violence
Firearms and the incidence of arrest among respondents to domestic violence restraining orders
Intimate Partner Violence and Firearms
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Legal status and source of offenders’ firearms in states with the least stringent criteria for gun ownership
Homicide, Suicide, and Unintentional Firearm Fatality: Comparing the United States With Other High-Income Countries
Journal of Trauma
Risk Factors for Femicide in Abusive Relationships: Results From a Multisite Case Control Study
American Journal of Public Health