Disarm Domestic Violence

The first international campaign to protect women from gun violence in the home.

Perhaps most shockingly, the greatest risk of gun violence to women around the world is not on the streets, or the battlefield, but in their own homes. Women are three times more likely to die violently if there is a gun in the house. Usually the perpetrator is a spouse or partner, often with a prior record of domestic abuse. Gun violence can be part of the cycle of intimidation and aggression that many women experience from an intimate partner. For every woman killed or physically injured by firearms, many more are threatened. This is why IANSA has launched a campaign to demand policies which would keep women safe from gun violence.

The main goal of this campaign is to ensure that anyone with a history of domestic abuse is denied access to a firearm, and has their license revoked.



An International campaign for the Elimination of Violence against Women is under way.

In Israel, a newly proposed ‘Security Services Law’ threatens an existing, though un-enforced, clause of the Firearms Law that restricts security guards from taking their guns home. If the proposed law were implemented it would automatically allow security guards to take their guns home whilst off-duty.

Nearly 60% of women murdered in Argentina from 1997 to 2010 were killed with a gun, according to IANSA member Asociación para Políticas Públicas (APP).

On International Women's Day, the Coalition for Gun Control in Canada and a wide range of organisations promoting women's safety continue their fight for the national long gun registry.

IANSA Women all over the world are celebrating International Women’s Day on 8 March, highlighting the campaign Disarm Domestic Violence, and calling for the inclusion of references to gender based violence in the Arms Trade Treaty.

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign will take place from 25 November to 10 December 2011.

Firearms are behind rising murder rates in Central and South America, the Caribbean and Central and Southern Africa, according to the 2011 Global Study on Homicide by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

IANSA women in Paraguay are campaigning for a comprehensive law to prevent, punish and eradicate violence against women and to include provisions to remove guns from perpetrators in cases of domestic violence.

Together with the Embassy of Finland in South Africa, IANSA organised a ‘Disarm Domestic Violence’ seminar on 15 August 2011.

The IANSA Women’s Network applauds two new measures to help prevent armed domestic violence signed into law in the US this month.

A new IANSA Women’s Network Bulletin is now available.

Footballers Roque Santa Cruz and Salvador Cabañas posed for fans with t-shirts and posters promoting the campaign “Festejá el Fútbol Sin Armas!” (Celebrate Football without Guns!) during a friendly match between Paraguay and Chile in Asunción, Paraguay on 23 June.

The World Health Organisation has released a new series of short courses on violence and injury prevention, including on intimate partner and sexual violence prevention.

On 1 June, we commemorated the first anniversary of the ‘Cumbria shootings’, when a licensed gun-owner shot and killed 12 people and grievously injured 11 others with a .22 rifle and a shotgun.

Focusing on the US, this article, written by David Hemenway and published in the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, summarises and compares scientific literature on the health risks and benefits of having a gun in the home for the gun owner and his/her family.

In Canada, survivors of gun violence are speaking out in defence of national gun controls ahead of the General Election, scheduled for 2 May.

On 31 March, WILPF Sweden, in cooperation with Amnesty International, Parliamentary Forum, and the Swedish Fellowship of Reconciliation, is hosting the conference 'Disarm Domestic Violence'.

On 8 March hundreds of events took place around the world to mark and celebrate the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day.

IANSA had an active presence at this year’s World Social Forum, held in Dakar, Senegal from 6 to 11 February.

From 6 to 11 February, IANSA members will participate in the World Social Forum 2011 to highlight the issue of small arms and armed violence.

In December 2010, Olympic marathon gold medallist Samuel Wanjiru was charged with threatening to kill his wife, Tereza Njeri, with an illegal firearm.

IANSA women have contributed to the latest edition of P@x which focuses on ‘Violence and Small Arms: The Portuguese Case’ published by the Peace Studies Group (NEP/CES) at the University of Coimbra, Portugal. More

The 20th annual 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence Campaign is running from 25 November until 10 December.

The call is out and it's resounding! Gun Free Kitchen Tables has issued a first public call for no guards' guns in homes

On 15 November a man shot and killed his former girlfriend and a bystander before turning the gun on himself in a school in Soshanguve, South Africa.

The sources and life-cycles of guns used to kill 511 police officers in the United States since 2000 are traced in a new study by The Washington Post.

The latest bulletin of the IANSA Women’s Network is now available. This issue highlights a campaign for ‘Gun Free Kitchen Tables’ in Israel

The Caribbean Institute for the Rule of Law (ICED) conducted a survey which shows that 42% of women victims of domestic violence in the Dominican Republic have been threatened with a gun.

A survey on armed domestic violence in Portugal has shown that the threat of gun use is the most common form of intimidation at homes.

IANSA members in Spain, Platforma per la Pau Lloret in Catalunya, launched the Disarm Domestic Violence campaign on 23 April.