- Research is equivocal about how the social relationship between victims and offenders is linked to the emotional, social, and physical consequences of violence. This study examines the association of victim–offender relationship with the adverse outcomes reported by injured and uninjured victims of violence.
- Intentional self-harm with a firearm comprised 24,438 of 48,312 (50.6%) U.S. suicide deaths in 2018.1,2 However, information about the type of firearm used in firearm death is limited, inhibiting the evaluation of policies to combat this growing public health problem. Firearm laws are often narrow, applying to certain firearms. For example, as of 2020, 7 of the 12 states with a permit-to-purchase law only require a permit for handguns. Research evaluating the impact of firearm policy on firearm death using the National Vital Statistics System (NVSS) has typically evaluated all firearm deaths regardless of firearm type.
- Substance use, mental disorders, and arrest are markers of increased firearm injury risk. It is unclear how these markers vary by intent. Examining these interrelated factors together can clarify their associations with assault-related, self-inflicted, unintentional, and legal intervention firearm injuries, informing intent-specific interventions.
- Interventions that reduce access to highly lethal and commonly used methods of suicide (e.g., limiting firearm access) are considered essential elements of effective suicide prevention programs. Scant epidemiologic data are available to inform such efforts among Veterans. The aim of this study is to describe firearm storage practices and correlates of those practices among a nationally representative sample of U.S. Veteran firearm owners.