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Gun Violence Has a Significant Impact on Women

Gun violence has a particularly devastating impact on women, with studies showing that women are more likely to be victims of intimate partner violence involving firearms

Do you know that:.

  • In the U.S., the majority of intimate partner homicides involve a gun; approximately 80% of these victims are women
  • The trauma of experiencing or witnessing gun violence can have long-lasting physical and psychological effects on women, including PTSD, anxiety, and depression. 
  • The presence of a gun in the house increases the risk of intimate partner violence during pregnancy.

AMWA is addressing the impact of gun violence by advocating for stronger gun control measures, as well as increased access to resources for victims of domestic violence with the intent to drive a societal shift in attitudes towards gender-based violence. 

In 2023, the AMWA-Gun Violence Solutions Working Group published a report, Health Professionals Call for Urgent Public Health Action, identifying three strategies to address the adverse effects of gun violence on children: (1) Issue a public health action advisory and action plan, addressing gun violence as the number one cause of death in U.S. children, (2) Require equitable data practices, and (3) Promote a child-focused definition of gun violence to include exposure to gun violence.

AMWA has joined national coalitions, including the Newtown Action Alliance, which meets regularly on Mondays for Lunch and Lobby Sessions. Join AMWA’s Gun Violence Solutions Working Group to help advocate for stronger gun control measures and promote education among healthcare professionals and students. 

We applaud the recent advisory issued by U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy on Firearm Violence: A Public Health Crisis in America and look forward to supporting the strategic recommendations laid out in the report.

Sources:

  • Sorenson SB, Schut RA. Intimate partner violence and its relationship to gun violence.Trauma Violence Abuse. 2018;19(4):431-442.
  • Stockl H et al. The global prevalence of intimate partner homicide: A systemic review. Lancet. 2013;382(9895):859-865.\
  • Campbell JC. Glass N, Sharps PW, Laughon K, Bloom T.  Intimate Partner Homicide: Rev Implic Res Pol. Trauma, Violence, Abuse, 2007;8(3):246-269.

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