Keeping Guns from Perpetrators of Intimate Partner Violence

Sunday, 16 February 2014
Regency C (Hyatt Regency Chicago)
Daniel Webster , Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
A study conducted in 11 U.S. cities will be reviewed. That research found that the risk of women being murdered by a current or former intimate partner increased five-fold when the abuser owned a firearm. Laws prohibiting persons subject to restraining orders for domestic violence from possessing firearms have reduced intimate partner homicides. Proactive enforcement of these laws could increase the number of lives saved.