Intimate partner shooting deaths are soaring

Domestic violence gun homicides fell sharply in the 1990s, then began to rise in the Obama years, reaching a 26-year high during the pandemic. The change in killings by other methods has been less pronounced over time.

1994

Violence

Against

Women Act

passed

2015

Gun

sales

begin

to

spike

1996

Lautenberg

Amendment

passed

2,500

homicides

2,000

1,500

Gun

1,000

Other

methods

Knife

500

0

1980

1990

2000

2010

2020

1994

Violence

Against

Women Act

passed

2015

Gun

sales

begin

to

spike

1996

Lautenberg

Amendment

passed

2,500 homicides

2,000

1,500

Gun

1,000

Knife

Other methods

500

0

1980

1990

2000

2010

2020

1994

Violence

Against

Women Act

passed

2015

Gun

sales

begin

to spike

1996

Lautenberg

Amendment

passed

2,500 homicides

2,000

1,500

Gun

1,000

Knife

Other methods

500

0

1980

1985

1990

1995

2000

2005

2010

2015

2020

1994

Violence

Against

Women Act

passed

2015

Gun

sales

begin

to spike

1996

Lautenberg

Amendment

passed

2,500 homicides

2,000

1,500

Gun

1,000

Knife

Other methods

500

0

1980

1985

1990

1995

2000

2005

2010

2015

2020

1994

Violence

Against

Women Act

passed

2015

Gun

sales

begin

to spike

1996

Lautenberg

Amendment

passed

2,500 homicides

2,000

1,500

Gun

1,000

Knife

Other methods

500

0

1980

1985

1990

1995

2000

2005

2010

2015

2020