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Self-Defence and Violence Against Women (VAW)

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About the project

With start-up funding from the Dalhousie University VP Research and Innovation Seed Fund and Mitacs, we aim to develop a collaborative research program that better understands the impacts that expansions to self-defence and firearm laws across the United States have had on rates of intimate partner homicide and how self-defence cases in the context of intimate partner violence have been treated depending on variations in state laws. 

  • David Humphreys (University of Oxford)

  • Douglas Wiebe (University of Michigan)

  • Caroline Light (Harvard University)

Latest project updates

This work builds on our 2021 systematic review of the effects of expanding civilian rights to use deadly force in self-defence on violence and crime. 
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Check out the latest media highlights of our work, including interviews and news coverage
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