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.



64% of Colombian women that were killed between 2004 and 2008 were shot, said a report by the National Institute of Legal Medicine.

In Ushuia (Argentina), the southernmost city in the world, more than 90 women community leaders, government officials, journalists and students participated in an event to support the Disarm Domestic Violence campaign on 29 March.

A national roundtable on small arms and domestic violence was held in Belgrade (Serbia) on International Women’s Day, 8 March, by Victimology Society of Serbia and the Disarm Domestic Violence campaign.

76% of the homicide-suicide cases in Switzerland involve the use of firearms, very often a gun kept at home by Swiss army reservists, according to a new study by the University Institute of Forensic Medicine of Lausanne (Switzerland).

The latest edition of IANSA Women’s Network bulletin is now available. It has articles on the first Training Institute on women and SALW control, the Disarm Domestic Violence campaign in South Africa and UN Resolutions 1325 and 1820.

IANSA Women’s Network has welcomed the appointment of Margot Wallström as the new United Nations Special Representative for sexual violence in conflict, as requested in Security Council Resolution 1888 on Women, Peace and Security.

Women comprise a small proprtion of the users of guns, yet suffer greatly from them, and are also vital to any successful disarmament process. This 2004 report contains information on the way guns affect women, and how women's rights groups are mobilised to prevent gun violence. It was written for the Control Arms Campaign was produced by Amnesty International, IANSA and Oxfam.