Statistics from The National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) indicate that when a firearm is present, domestic violence can, and all too often, turns into domestic homicide.

Estimates from the NCVS indicate that from 1993 to 1998, women were victims of violent crimes by their intimate partners an average of more than 935,000 times a year. During this period, intimate-partner violence comprised 22 percent of all violent crimes against women.

The NCVS, administered by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, is a national survey of approximately 80,000 households in the United States, on the frequency of crime victimisation, as well as characteristics and consequences of victimization. The survey results are used for the purposes of building a crime index.

To see an example from 2000, go to:
http://bjs.ojp.usdoj.gov/content/pub/pdf/ipv.pdf

To see a later report from 2008, go to:
http://bjs.ojp.usdoj.gov/content/pub/pdf/cv08.pdf

Firearms and Misdemeanor Domestic Violence Convictions

In an effort to address the role of firearms in domestic violence and to enhance victim safety, Congress passed the Gun Control Act of 1994. The law prohibits gun possession by a person against whom there is a restraining or protective order for domestic violence.

As of 30 September 1996, federal law makes it illegal to possess a firearm after conviction of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence. This prohibition applies to persons convicted of such misdemeanors at any time, even if the conviction occurred prior to the new law's effective date.

For more information on the Gun Control Act of 1994, visit the United States Department of Justice website at http://www.ncjrs.gov