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Welcome to GVPedia, a project created to provide ready access to academic research and high quality data on gun violence. GVPedia is currently comprised of two main features:

The Study Database

The Database is a compendium of more than 700 academic studies analyzing a wide range of gun violence subjects. This collection of research can be searched by topic, author, journal, and year of publication. Each study is accompanied by an abstract, and hundreds of studies have the full text available for you to read.

GVP University

GVP University is an ever growing collection of white papers and fact sheets that will eventually cover every major topic in gun violence. Each white paper succinctly summarizes critical information on a subject, and each fact sheet highlights 5 salient facts. Combined, each white paper and fact sheet duo provide a jumping-off point to then explore each topic in greater detail with our Study Database.

White Paper: Stand Your Ground Laws

By: GVP Admin | Posted on: Categories Stand Your Ground

  •  A majority of states now have some form of Stand Your Ground Law
  • The most consistent finding of academic studies is that Stand Your Ground laws increase homicides
  • The overwhelming majority of academic studies find no deterrence effect on crime.
  • Stand Your Ground laws exacerbate racial discrepancies in whether a homicide is considered justifiable.
  • Most defendants in Stand Your Ground cases had previous criminal records, and many had been previously accused of violent crimes.
  • Most defendants could have safely retreated from the conflict without utilizing lethal force.


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White Paper: Guns and Women

By: GVP Admin | Posted on: Categories Guns and Women

  • In the United States in 2016, 5,664 female firearm deaths were recorded – 3,291 suicides and 2,202 homicides. (The remainder were undetermined, unintentional, or legal intervention.)
  • Access to firearms increases the risk of being a homicide victim more for women than men.
  • The increased homicide risk for women is largely a product of intimate partner homicides.
  • A gun in the home quintuples the risk of domestic violence turning lethal.
  • A gun in the home increases the severity of nonfatal domestic violence.
  • Domestic violence restraining orders that temporarily prohibit gun ownership by the aggressor significantly reduce overall intimate partner homicide.


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