Where Intimate Partner Violence and Firearms Intersect: How Gun Policies Can Save Lives

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Where Intimate Partner Violence and Firearms Intersect: How Gun Policies Can Save Lives

If a gun is present during a domestic violence situation, it is 5 times more likely a woman will be shot and killed, and each month, approximately 50 American women are shot to death by intimate partners. State laws surrounding gun purchases and domestic violence restraining orders vary, and both state and federal law include multiple loopholes for those hoping to purchase a firearm. Join us for a facilitated panel discussion on how risk factors for domestic violence are identified, what policies exist to prevent domestic violence with a firearm, and what is being done locally and nationally to close loopholes and enact more policies to protect the millions of people living in the United States at risk of intimate partner violence.

ABOUT Michelle Spencer

Michelle Spencer, MS, is a public health practitioner who focuses on the impacts of health equity, racial disparities, and health outcomes through community-based initiatives. She is the Associate Director of the Bloomberg American Health Initiative and an Associate Scientist in the Department of Health Policy and Management. She provides programmatic and strategic oversight for the implementation of the Bloomberg American Health Initiative. Spencer has over 20 year of experience in public health management and leadership and a wealth of experience in administrative and operational management, strategic planning, resource management, and policy development.

ABOUT Lisa Geller

Lisa Geller, MPH, is a State Affairs Advisor at the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Violence Solutions.

Lisa began her career working at the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) in June 2015. Lisa’s work focuses on research, advocacy, and implementation of evidence-based gun violence prevention policies. Her main areas of interest within gun violence prevention are the intersection of firearms and domestic violence and firearms and youth violence. 

Lisa graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in political science. She earned a Master of Public Health (MPH) in health policy from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

ABOUT Shannon Frattaroli

Shannon Frattaroli, PhD '99, MPH '94, translates evidence about injury and violence prevention into policies and practices that will create safe places for people to thrive. She received both her PhD and MPH at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

 Event Date
Tuesday, July 26, 2022
Start Time: 12:00pm EDT
End Time: 12:45pm EDT


Baltimore, MD 21205


Elizabeth Rigsbee

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A recording of this event will be available here, https://publichealth.jhu.edu/alumni/events/alumni-spotlight-series-events-on-other-topics.