When Abusers Keep Their Guns

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.

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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.



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.


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

August 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.

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Congress Takes Aim at Abusers’ Illegal Guns in New Violence Against Women Act

March 11, 2022

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

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How the Updated Violence Against Women Act Would Crack Down on Domestic Abusers Who Have Guns

February 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.

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Help Us Investigate Domestic Violence Shootings

Oct. 25, 2021

We’re trying to get a more accurate picture of how many people have been shot by offenders illegally possessing firearms.

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‘Unrelinquished’ Is Nominated for Emmy Award

July 29, 2022

“Unrelinquished,” a film on domestic violence homicides that Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting produced in partnership with Al Jazeera English’s “Fault Lines” program, has been nominated for a 2022 Emmy Award in the outstanding investigative news coverage: long-form category.

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Reveal’s ‘Unrelinquished’ Wins Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award

May 24, 2022

Established in 1968, the RFK Journalism Awards honor outstanding reporting on issues that reflect Robert F. Kennedy’s concerns, including human rights, social justice and the power of individual action in the United States and around the world.

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The Team

Series reporter and documentary co-producer: Jennifer Gollan

Project editors: Nina Martin, Narda Zacchino and Andy Donohue

Additional editing: Sumi Aggarwal and Esther Kaplan

Additional research: Grace Oldham and Katherine Sypher

Interim editor in chief: Sumi Aggarwal

Radio editor: Taki Telonidis

Radio lead producer: Katharine Mieskowski

Radio score: Jim Briggs and Fernando Arruda

Mix and sound design: Jim Briggs and Fernando Arruda, with help from Steven Rascón, Claire Mullen and Brett Simpson

Radio production manager: Amy Mostafa

Radio executive producer: Kevin Sullivan

Radio host: Al Letson

Engagement reporter: Byard Duncan

Digital producer: Sarah Mirk

Copy editor and fact checker: Nikki Frick

Graphics: Soo Oh

Digital partner: The Guardian

Executive producer, TV and docs: 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