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Maryland Moms Demand Action, Everytown Respond to Reports of a Fatal Domestic Violence Shooting in Salisbury

Reports Indicate a Woman Was Shot and Killed by Her Estranged Husband Sunday Night

Research Shows that Nearly Four in 10 Maryland Women Have Reported Experiencing Intimate Partner Violence in their Lifetime

SALISBURY, Md. – The Maryland chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, part of Everytown for Gun Safety, today issued the following statement in response to reports that a woman was fatally shot and killed by her estranged husband Sunday night.

Research shows that nearly four out of 10 Maryland women have reported experiencing intimate partner violence in their lifetime. The costs are high: According to the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence, 218 victims died in domestic violence homicide incidents in Maryland from 2011 to 2017. And guns are the weapon of choice for domestic abusers. Nearly 60 percent of domestic violence homicides in Maryland were committed using a firearm. More than four out of five these incidents were directed toward women.

Domestic violence also often claims the lives of people outside abusive relationships, including family members, friends and law enforcement officers.

STATEMENT FROM DANIELLE VEITH, VOLUNTEER LEADER WITH THE MARYLAND CHAPTER OF MOMS DEMAND ACTION FOR GUN SENSE IN AMERICA:

“Our hearts go out to everyone affected by this tragic shooting and the entire Salisbury community. This is another deadly reminder that Maryland lawmakers must do more to protect women, families and law enforcement from domestic violence with firearms.”