Firearms present 'triple threat' to battered women

Study results reported in SAGE Publication's Evaluation Review

Women are more likely to be killed by an intimate partner than to die at the hands of a stranger according to "Intimate Partner Violence and Firearms," a new set of studies published in the June issue of SAGE Publications' Evaluation Review.

"Violent partners armed with firearms are especially dangerous," writes Susan B. Sorenson, Professor at the UCLA School of Public Health and editor of the special issue. "As homicides of women by strangers have decreased, the number of homicides by intimates with handguns has increased." Adds Sorenson, "Male intimates and firearms are a particularly dangerous combination: Women are twice as likely to die of a gunshot wound inflicted by a male intimate as to die from any form of assault by a stranger."

In Evaluation Review's introduction and eight studies written by leading experts from around the country, readers will explore:

  • the potential effectiveness of restraining orders
  • gun removal
  • the denial of gun purchases to intimate partner abusers in the prevention of death and injury of victims of intimate partner violence
  • analysis of gun removal laws in the 50 states, and specifically California, Maryland & Massachusetts


Publication of the Evaluation Review issue on guns and intimate partner violence was funded by a grant from The Joyce Foundation, a Chicago-based foundation that seeks public health solutions to reduce deaths and injuries from firearms. Copies of the issue can be obtained at A sample article is available at

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SAGE Publications is a leading international publisher of journals, books, and electronic media for academic, educational, and professional markets. Since 1965, SAGE has helped inform and educate a global community of scholars, practitioners, researchers, and students spanning a wide range of subject areas including business, humanities, social sciences, and science, technology and medicine. SAGE Publications, a privately owned corporation, has principal offices in Thousand Oaks, California, London, United Kingdom, and New Delhi, India.

About Evaluation Review:
Evaluation Review brings you the latest applied evaluation methods used in a wide range of disciplines, including: education, public health, criminal justice, child development, mental health, social work, public administration, and environmental studies. Evaluation Review keeps you up to date on the latest quantitative and qualitative methodological developments, as well as related applied research issues.

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