An illustration shows a detail of a gun. In the trigger, a man and a woman are arguing.

When Abusers Keep Their Guns

An investigation into how domestic abusers are allowed to keep their guns – with deadly consequences.

Credit: Jacksonville Sheriff's Office

Armed and Abusive: How America’s Gun Laws Are Failing Domestic Violence Victims

By Jennifer Gollan | Oct. 26, 2021

Intimate partner homicides are skyrocketing, yet police, prosecutors and judges often trust offenders to disarm themselves.

An illustration shows a man holding a gun and staring at a woman. They are surrounded by bullets. In the foreground is shattered glass.
Credit: Illustration by Molly Mendoza

Episode: When Abusers Keep Their Guns

Oct. 9, 2021

By law, domestic abusers are banned from owning guns. But too often, those laws aren’t enforced, and the consequences can be deadly.

A family gathers around the grave of their daughter, who was killed in a domestic violence situation.
Credit: Al Jazeera English/Fault Lines

Video: Unrelinquished

Oct. 20, 2021

A documentary from Reveal and Al Jazeera English exposes how ineffective laws have allowed domestic abusers to keep their guns – with deadly consequences.

A portrait of Mariah Carpenter and a photo of several guns, including assault rifles, laid out on asphalt.
Credit: Carpenter photo: Courtesy of Dawn Sutherland; guns photo: Columbus Division of Police

Police Often Miss Red Flags in Domestic Abuse Cases, and the Consequences Are Deadly

By Jennifer Gollan and Grace Oldham | Aug. 2, 2022

In scores of intimate partner gun homicides from 2017 through 2020, Reveal found that law enforcement repeatedly ignored even the most glaring signs that a victim was at high risk of being killed.


Actress Angelina Jolie stands behind a lectern. Senators and advocates stand in a row behind her.
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How the Updated Violence Against Women Act Would Crack Down on Domestic Abusers Who Have Guns

By Jennifer Gollan | Feb. 23, 2022

After Reveal reported on soaring rates of intimate partner homicide, a bipartisan Senate proposal gives local law enforcement greater power to pursue abusers who possess illegal weapons.

Nancy Pelosi stands behind a lectern. In front of her is a sign that says, “Reauthorize Violence Against Women Act.”
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Congress Takes Aim at Abusers’ Illegal Guns in New Violence Against Women Act

By Jennifer Gollan | March 11, 2022

New legislation gives state and local law enforcement more power to crack down on abusers who have weapons unlawfully.


New York Festivals TY & Film Awards
2022 gold award winner, social issues documentary

News & Documentary Emmy Awards
2022 nominee, outstanding investigative news coverage, long form

Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards
2022 winner, domestic television


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Series reporter and documentary co-producer: Jennifer Gollan | Project editors: Nina Martin, Narda Zacchino and Andrew Donohue | Additional editing: Sumi Aggarwal and Esther Kaplan | Additional research: Grace Oldham and Katherine Sypher | Interim editor in chief: Sumi Aggarwal | Digital producer: Sarah Mirk | Copy editor, fact checker and additional digital production: Nikki Frick | Engagement reporter: Byard Duncan | Graphics: Soo Oh

Radio editor: Taki Telonidis | Radio lead producer: Katharine Mieszkowski | Radio score, mix and sound design: Jim Briggs and Fernando Arruda | Additional mixing: Steven Rascón, Claire Mullen and Brett Simpson | Radio production manager: Amy Mostafa | Radio executive producer: Kevin Sullivan | Radio host: Al Letson

Digital partner: The Guardian | Executive producer, TV and documentary: Amanda Pike | Documentary partner: Al Jazeera English’s “Fault Lines,” producer Amina Waheed, director of photography Joel Van Haren and executive producer Laila Al-Arian | Cover illustration by Molly Mendoza