The UN Office on Drugs and Crime has released a study showing that, for women, “home is the most dangerous place.” Of 87,000 women killed worldwide last year, 58% were murdered by intimate partners or family members, up 11 percent from the last finding in 2012. In America, we have an extra layer to deal with:
In the U.S., women are 16 times more likely to be shot and killed than women in other developed nations, according to the advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety. In an average month, 50 American women are shot and killed by an intimate partner, according to the group, and the presence of a gun in a domestic violence situation makes it five times more likely that a woman will be killed.
Federal law prohibits those with domestic violence convictions from purchasing or possessing guns, but advocates say dangerous gaps still exist and states to do more to ensure abusers turn over their guns.
Currently, only nine states require people to turn in weapons they already own when placed under a temporary restraining order - California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, North Carolina, New York, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island, and only 12 require law enforcement to remove guns from the scene of a domestic violence incident.