"And often these tragic crimes are committed in the wake of a breakup — specifically breakups where the woman has chosen to end the relationship. Experts believe this pattern exists because, in cases of abusive relationships, men escalate the use of violence when they feel like they’re losing control."
--Melissa Jeltsen, senior reporter (here)
Guns, of course play a big part in this carnage. According to Smartguns.org (here), "Domestic violence assaults involving a firearm are 12 times more likely to result in death than those involving other weapons or bodily force. Abused women are five times more likely to be killed by their abuser if the abuser owns a firearm." According to one study, guns "were used to kill more than two-thirds of spouse and ex-spouse homicide victims between 1990 and 2005."
The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence says that 117,000 Americans are shot every year. That is more people than live in Roanoke (by 20,000), more people than fit into the largest college football stadium in the country.
The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (here) tells it this way:
- On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States.
- 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been victims of ... physical violence by an intimate partner within their lifetime. 1 in 5 women and 1 in 7 men have been victims of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime.
- The presence of a gun in a domestic violence situation increases the risk of homicide by 500 percent.
- Intimate partner violence accounts for 15 percent of all violent crime.
- Women between the ages of 18-24 are most commonly abused by an intimate partner.
- 19 percent of domestic violence involves a weapon.
- Only 34 percent of people who are injured by intimate partners receive medical care for their injuries.