One of our campaign goals is to support the advocacy of IANSA women to help us to work together, develop common strategies, strengthen advocacy, and strengthen the capacity of the network and solidarity amongst us. This includes the sharing of strategies and ‘best practice’ in policy development and details of useful resources.

As you know, many IANSA women remain active in the Disarm Domestic Violence campaign and are raising awareness of the issue of armed domestic violence in their countries and communities.

Thanks to WUNRN for sharing details of resources available from VAWnet in the USA, the National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women.

The list below is extracted from the longer version online which contains links to each resource: http://www.vawnet.org/special-collections/DVHomicide.php

High Lethality Risk Factors: Firearms

A study of the Danger Assessment tool revealed that women who were threatened or assaulted with a gun or other weapon were twenty (20) times more likely than other women to be murdered (Campbell et al., 2003b). In an earlier study, Saltzman et al. (1992) found that "Family and intimate assaults involving firearms are twelve (12) times more likely to result in death than non-firearm-related assaults".

The Facts on Guns and Domestic Violence
by Futures Without Violence
This brief fact sheet provides statistics related to the lethal combination of guns and domestic violence - injuring and killing women every day in the United States.

Domestic Violence and Firearms
by Legal Community Against Violence (2009)
This publication includes comprehensive background information, a summary of relevant federal law, and a thorough description of state laws that exceed the federal standard regarding domestic violence related firearms prohibitions.

Domestic Violence and Firearms: An Advocates Guide
by The Illinois Family Violence Coordinating Councils, Firearms and Domestic Violence Project (2008)
This guide provides advocates with an overview of the increased risk of lethality when firearms are present in cases of domestic violence, a discussion of both federal and Illinois state laws related to firearm possession, and the role of the advocate in addressing firearms when working with survivors of domestic violence.

Domestic Violence and Firearms: A Deadly Combination
by John Wilkinson and Toolsi Gowin Meisner, Strategies Issue #3, Aequitas (March 2011)
This guide for prosecutors offers recommendations for the effective prosecution of cases of domestic violence involving firearms, with the goal of disarming dangerous individuals and holding violent offenders accountable, thereby greatly enhancing victim safety.

Firearms and Domestic Violence: A Primer for Judges
by Darren Mitchell and Susan B. Carbon, Court Review, US Department of Justice (Summer 2002)
This article provides an overview of related research, judicial response, applicable laws, and effective judicial practice in response to the deadly combination of firearms and domestic violence.

Enforcing Domestic Violence Firearm Prohibitions: A Report on Promising Practices
by Andrew R. Klein for the Office on Violence Against Women, National Center on Full Faith and Credit (September 2006)
This report highlights promising practices that represent innovative approaches to enforcing domestic violence firearm prohibitions. It provides brief descriptions of programs that are located primarily in law enforcement agencies, prosecutors' offices, courts, and probation departments.

Model Law Enforcement Policy: Serving and Enforcing Protection Orders & Seizing Firearms in Domestic Violence Cases
by Mary Malefyt Seighman and David R. Thomas for the National Center on Full Faith and Credit (October 2005)
The purpose of the Model Law Enforcement Policy is to provide policies and standard operating procedures for four specific areas that may be encountered by a law enforcement agency. This resource is specific to the seizure of firearms from persons who are prohibited from possessing firearms pursuant to a protection order.

A Deadly Myth: Women, Handguns, and Self-Defense
by Karen Brock for the Violence Policy Center (VPC) (January 2001)
Analyzing FBI data, this study reports that a woman is far more likely to be the victim of a handgun homicide than to use a handgun in a justifiable homicide.