This October during Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we recognize the intersection between gun violence and the epidemic of domestic violence and recommit ourselves to elevating and taking action on this issue. Domestic violence affects the lives of millions of women, children and families, with 1 in 4 American women experiencing severe physical violence by an intimate partner in the United States. We also recognize that there is a strong intersection between gun violence and domestic violence. Women in the United States are killed at alarming rates by intimate partners, and firearms play a key role in turning domestic abuse into murder. Yet in states with universal background checks on all handgun sales, 38% fewer women are killed with guns by their intimate partners.
This Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we commit to working with national leaders to directly address these issues and honor the victims and survivors of domestic violence and their families. We call on our leaders in Congress to support meaningful gun safety legislation that will expand the background check system in order to save the lives of women, children and families and avoid needless tragedies.