In 2014, almost 65,800 intimate violence incidents were reported to Illinois law enforcement. Many others went unreported.
Between July 2013 and June 2014, there were 84 domestic violence-related deaths in Illinois, including 15 children.
26.9% of domestic violence homicides were committed with firearms, significantly less than the nationwide rate.
Illinois has strong laws to protect victims and survivors of domestic violence from gun homicides, including:
prohibiting people convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence, dating violence and/or stalking from owning firearms o prohibiting abusers subject to temporary protective orders from owning firearms;
requiring perpetrators to actively relinquish weapons to a ‘qualified person’;
requiring firearms purchasers to first obtain a permit from the state. A purchaser must pass a background check before being issued a permit.