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The statistics on domestic violence, which increases the risk of homicide, are equally harrowing. “According to the
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, on average, nearly 20 people every minute — 20 people every minute — are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States,” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said in a floor speech earlier this week. “That is a tragedy and a crisis. One in four women experience severe intimate-partner physical violence, and one in seven have been stalked by an intimate partner to the point at which she felt very fearful, or believed that she or someone close to her would be harmed or killed. The presence of a gun in a domestic violence situation increases the risk — hear me — increases the risk of homicide by
500%.” Women between the ages of 18 and 24 are
more vulnerable to abuse by an intimate partner.