ERIC Number: ED378456
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
Women and Guns. Firearm Facts.
Duker, Laurie, Ed.
Many gun manufacturers market guns to women claiming a gun can provide protection. Statistics provided in this fact sheet indicate gun ownership may provide a false sense of security that can be fatal, since the greatest threat to a woman comes from the people and guns within her own home. Contrary to "typical" scenarios created by advertisers, data show that Americans are over three times more likely to be attacked at home by a person they know than attacked at home by a stranger. A gun in the home is 43 times more likely to kill a family member or friend than it is to kill in self-defense. The impact of having a gun present in a battering relationship is described. The document includes two charts, the first on the relationship of female homicide victims to assailants, and the second on the sex of the victim and the offender in a homicide. (RB)
Descriptors: Battered Women, Crime, Crime Prevention, Family Violence, Fear, Females, Guns, Homicide, Sex Differences, Violence
National Maternal and Child Health Clearinghouse, 8201 Greensboro Drive, Suite 600, McLean, VA 22102.
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Health Resources and Services Administration (DHHS/PHS), Washington, DC. Maternal and Child Health Bureau.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health, Arlington, VA.; Summit Medical Center, Oakland, CA.
Note: For related Firearm Facts sheets, see CG 025 656-664.