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Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense In America Launches October Domestic Gun Violence Awareness Campaign

INDIANAPOLIS, Oct. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America today launched a domestic gun violence awareness campaign to push for stronger policies surrounding domestic violence and gun ownership. The campaign includes state-specific press events on Oct. 19, a week of action including in-district meetings with key members of Congress, an email and phone outreach program, and a social media project: http://momsdemandaction.org/domestic-gun-violence/.

Moms Demand Action is partnering with the Violence Policy Center (VPC) to promote its newly released report, When Men Murder Women: An Analysis of 2011 Homicide Data, which lists the top 10 states with the highest rates of females murdered by males in single victim/single offender incidents in 2011. Based on data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation's unpublished "Supplementary Homicide Report," the top 10 states (from one to 10) are: South Carolina, Alaska, Oklahoma, Delaware, Arizona, Tennessee, Idaho, West Virginia, Louisiana and New Mexico.

According to the new report:
  • Firearms—especially handguns—were the most common weapon used by males to murder females in 2011.
  • Of the females killed with a firearm, nearly two-thirds were murdered by male intimates.
  • The number of females shot and killed by their husband or intimate acquaintance (489 victims) was more than five times higher than the total number murdered by male strangers using all weapons combined (92 victims) in single victim/single offender incidents in 2011.

"We are asking Congress to help protect women from domestic abusers by immediately enacting common-sense reforms that will help keep guns out of dangerous hands," said Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. "It is far too easy for an abuser or someone with a domestic violence conviction to get his hands on a gun. We urgently need better policies to protect women and their families from this senseless violence."

"Nine women each week are shot to death by their husband or intimate partner. That's nearly 500 domestic gun violence deaths each year – more than twice the number of servicewomen killed in military conflicts since the Korean War," said Watts.

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