Guns and Domestic Violence are a lethal combination
Gun violence and intimate partner violence (IPV) are deeply interconnected, with devastating impacts on not only individual victims, but also their families, communities, and the nation. Research has clearly shown that guns can turn IPV deadly. Women, children and even bystanders are all at risk and are injured daily in the United States as a result of an abuser having access to a firearm.
In fact, abusers with access to a gun are five times more likely to kill their female victims.
According to a 2018 article in the American Journal of Epidemiology, state laws that restrict firearm access in domestic violence cases when a restraining order has been issued are linked to a 13% reduction in intimate partner homicides committed with firearms. In Colorado, we enacted a law in 2013 that helps to restrict domestic abuser’s access to firearms.
In states that require a background check (such as Colorado) for every handgun sale, 47% fewer women are shot to death by intimate partners.( Gun Laws and Violence Against Women, Everytown for Gun Safety analysis. Available here: https://everytownresearch.org/gun- laws-and-violence-against-women-2/ )
The evidence is clear: Common-sense laws that keep guns out of the hands of abusive partners reduce gun violence and IPV.
If you are in immediate danger and your abuser has access to firearms, you can file an Extreme Risk Protection order with your county or district court to have them removed. You can also contact law enforcement. To learn more, click here: ERPO
Violence Free Colorado (formerly Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence) – https://www.violencefreecolorado.org
Safehouse Denver – https://safehouse-denver.org
TESSA (Colorado Springs) – https://www.tessacs.org
Victim Assistance Unit of the Denver Police Department — 720-913-6035
Denver Center for Crime Victims (DCCV) —24 hour hotline: 303-894-8000 (English) / 303-718-8289 (Español)