- Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) is a pattern of behavior between married or unmarried romantic partners or family who live in the same dwelling that can include physical violence, sexual violence, stalking, and/or psychological aggression.
- 50% of women seen in the emergency department report a lifetime history of partner violence, of which 11.7% occurred with their current partner. Only 1/3 of acutely injured victims of abuse are identified as such during their ED visit. (source 1, source 2)
- Each month 76 women die because of domestic violence homicide with a gun. (source 1, source 2)
- There are multiple risk factors for death from domestic violence, including previous partner violence incidents and separating from a romantic partner. One of the strongest: The abuser having access to firearms increases risk of death 5-fold. (source 1, source 2, source 3, source 4)
- 17 states have extreme risk protection orders (ERPO) laws, which (depending on the state) allow family members, health professionals, or law enforcement to petition a judge to remove guns from someone’s home if they pose a risk to themselves or others. These laws are relatively new, and there is no good evidence yet as to whether they help protect victims of domestic violence. (source 1, source 2)
- The number of domestic homicides that involved a gun increased by 26% from 2010 to 2017. (source)
Compiled by AFFIRM research.