Women Under the Gun


As the 20th anniversary of The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) approaches this September, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing entitled “VAWA Next Steps: Protecting Women from Gun Violence." Also this week, Everytown for Gun Safety released a compelling 30-second TV spot.

Jacquelyn Campbell, a FUTURES board member, and renowned expert on domestic violence homicides, testified that according to her research, “gun access/ownership increased the risk of homicide over and above prior domestic violence by 5.4 times. In fact, gun access was the strongest risk factor for an abused woman to be killed by her partner or ex-partner.”

To mark the occasion of the Senate hearing, former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and Katie Ray Jones, president and acting CEO of the National Domestic Violence Hotline, wrote an Opinion piece for CNN: “The numbers should shock you: Women in America are 11 times more likely to be murdered with a gun than women in other democratic countries with developed economies. In domestic abuse situations, if the abuser has access to a gun, it increases the chance that a woman will die by 500%.

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2015 National Conference on Health and Domestic Violence

2015 National Conference on Health and Domestic Violence

Join us in Washington, DC March 19-21, 2015 for our 7th Biennial Conference!

The Conference provides valuable professional education on the latest research and innovative health prevention, clinical and advocacy responses to domestic/sexual violence with continuing education units.

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Increased Vigilance on Campus Sexual Assaults

Increased Vigilance on Campus Sexual Assaults

If one in five women were robbed at gunpoint in college, their parents, lawyers, doctors and insurance companies would storm the campus. Yet studies show that nearly one in five women in college nationwide will be victims of attempted or actual sexual assault in the course of their undergraduate careers. Fortunately, the Obama administration is requesting that colleges make public a tally of reports of dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking.

A federal law known as the Jeanne Clery Act mandates that colleges and universities must report information on crime on and around campuses, and provide victims with select rights and resources. When President Barack Obama signed a bill reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act last March, the bill included the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act. That law amends the Clery Act and gives additional rights to victims of sexual violence on campus. A final version of the regulations is expected on November 1. Learn more about the new rules.

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