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Thu Jun 19, 2014, 10:31 AM

 

How Gun Violence Affects Women and 4 Policy Solutions to Better Protect Them

Violence against women looks very different than violence against men. Whether in the context of sexual assault on college campuses or in the military, violence by an intimate partner, or other types of violent victimization, women’s experiences of violence in this country are unique from those of men. One key difference in the violence committed against women in the United States is who commits it: Women are much more likely to be victimized by people they know, while men are more likely to be victims of violent crime at the hands of strangers. Between 2003 and 2012, 65 percent of female violent crime victims were targeted by someone they knew; only 34 percent of male violent crime victims knew their attackers. Intimate partners make up the majority of known assailants: During the same time period, 34 percent of all women murdered were killed by a male intimate partner, compared to the only 2.5 percent of male murder victims killed by a female intimate partner.

A staggering portion of violence against women is fatal, and a key driver of these homicides is access to guns. From 2001 through 2012, 6,410 women were murdered in the United States by an intimate partner using a gun—more than the total number of U.S. troops killed in action during the entirety of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars combined. Guns are used in fatal intimate partner violence more than any other weapon: Of all the women killed by intimate partners during this period, 55 percent were killed with guns. Women in the United States are 11 times more likely to be murdered with a gun than are women in other high income countries.

Limiting abusers and stalkers’ access to firearms is therefore critical to reduce the number of women murdered in this country every year. This idea is not new: Congress first acted 20 years ago to strengthen our gun laws to prevent some domestic abusers from buying guns. But we are still a long way from having a comprehensive system of laws in place at both the federal and state levels that protect women—and children and men—from fatal violence in the context of intimate and domestic relationships. This report provides an overview of the data regarding the intersection of intimate partner violence and gun violence, describing four policies that states and the federal government should enact to reduce dangerous abusers’ access to guns and prevent murders of women:

http://americanprogress.org/issues/guns-crime/report/2014/06/18/91998/women-under-the-gun/

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Response to SecularMotion (Original post)

Thu Jun 19, 2014, 10:41 AM

1. Lethal and potentially lethal violence, regardless if it's a gun, other weapon of bare hands, rarely

occurs on the spur of the moment. These crimes are years in the making. It's a progression. Depending on locality anywhere from 70% to 90% of killers have prior criminal histories.

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Response to SecularMotion (Original post)

Fri Jun 20, 2014, 08:28 AM

2. 642...My wife never leaves home without it.

Of course at home she never feels threatened, however you won't catch her being a willing victim.

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Response to ileus (Reply #2)

Sat Jun 21, 2014, 09:47 AM

3. The article posted appears to be another attempt to associate gun ownership with bad people.

 

As has been done with the false claims the the 2A was about suppression of slaves.

Or that guns are about white Christians.

Now guns are about abuse of women.

Yawn.

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