There's no question that firearms can make domestic violence dramatically worse.
Firearms make domestic violence more deadly, more often. According to the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, domestic violence assaults involving a firearm are 12 times likelier to result in death. And between 1995 and 2005, firearms were used in more than two-thirds of all murders of spouses and ex-spouses. But strong firearm laws are known to reduce the danger of firearm death and injury to women and families, alongside improved resources to escape an abusive situation
House Bill 1840 Implementation
In 2014, House Bill 1840 passed the Legislature in Washington State after years of opposition by the gun lobby. The purpose of the legislation was to remove firearms from those subject to a domestic violence protective order. The Alliance for Gun Responsibility Foundation has commissioned a study, in partnership with stakeholders and the Consortium for Risk-Based Firearm Policy, to determinate the state of House Bill 1840. This survey will also help develop recommendations for all branches of government and practical ways that stakeholders can work together to successfully utilize the law, and provide a best practice case study for other states looking to implement similar laws.
When firearms are introduced into a domestic violence situation, the chance that someone will be killed by their abuser jumps by a factor of five.
Domestic Violence Social Media Partnership: A Partnership for Prevention
In October 2015, the Alliance for Gun Responsibility Foundation partnered with the King County Coalition Against Domestic Violence to launch a social media awareness project called, “A Partnership for Prevention.” This partnership was the Foundation’s first major program campaign since the “Background Checks Make a Difference”, and helped build a strong relationship with an enthusiastic partner.
It’s never a bad time to get the word out about the impact of domestic violence, and the intersection of firearms and domestic violence. Check out the content from “A Partnership for Prevention” below, and share it today!
Enough is Enough
“Enough is Enough”, a digital public education campaign between the Alliance for Gun Responsibility Foundation, the Seattle Police Department, and the Center to End Gender-Based Violence, shines a light on how firearms dramatically worsen domestic violence situations – and to send a clear message: Enough is Enough.
Launched in March 2015 to commemorate International Women’s Day, this digital media partnership details how, every day in the United States, far too many families – and especially women – become victims of domestic violence.