Republican abortion bans. Gun violence. Domestic abuse. Supreme Court. Voting. They are all connected.
What do the elections in Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky have to do with domestic violence? Consider how many rapes involve a gun? And the growing list of Republican states with abortion bans with no exceptions for rape or incest? Connect the dots between Republican extremists banning abortions, pushing the GOP packed Supreme Court to give domestic abusers more access to guns. See the threat?
Check this map for the domestic abuse, rape and homicide in your state. Many Republican led states already have no abortion exceptions for rape or incest. Imagine the double whammy of more domestic abusers with guns and their victims denied abortions. VOTE to protect women’s rights and impose common sense gun safety restrictions.
Domestic violence, including intimate partner violence, is a public health crisis in the U.S.
Nearly one in four women and one in seven men will experience severe physical violence at the hands of their intimate partner in their lifetime.
Firearms contribute significantly to domestic violence in the U.S. — to threaten, to coerce, to control, and to kill.
Around 4.5 million women in the United States have been threatened with a gun, and nearly 1 million women have been shot or shot at by an intimate partner.
Over half of all intimate partner homicides are committed with guns.
A woman is five times more likely to be murdered when her abuser has access to a gun. – EFSGV
What does domestic violence look like?
Domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another. It includes physical violence, sexual violence, threats, and emotional abuse. This for instance is what domestic violence in Alabama looks like – National Councail Against Domestic Violence (NCADV)
- 37.5% of Alabama women experience intimate partner physical violence, intimate partner sexual violence and/or intimate partner stalking in their lifetimes.
- 16% of violent offenses in Alabama in 2017 were domestic violence incidents. A firearm was used in 4% of these offenses.
- A firearm was used in 70% of 2017 Alabama domestic violence homicides.
- In 2017, there were 3,867 domestic violence aggravated assaults and 32,178 domestic violence simple assaults in Alabama.
TakeAway: VOTE to protect women’s rights and impose common sense gun safety restrictions.
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