West Virginia

Introduction

Over 552,000 West Virginia residents experience intimate partner violence in their lifetimes. Fortunately, many victims survive these traumatic events; however, the West Virginia Domestic Violence Review Team reported 103 domestic violence related deaths between 2003 and 2005. Although West Virginia doesn’t report the mechanism of death, evidence suggests firearms are a significant contributing factor. An abuser’s access to firearms can determine a victim’s chances of survival; domestic violence firearm prohibitions and removal laws save lives.

West Virginia prohibits possession of a firearm by persons convicted of misdemeanor crimes of domestic violence and emergency and final domestic violence protective orders. A court issuing an emergency protective order or final domestic violence protective order shall require removal if certain criteria are met.

This page was updated September 17, 2018. Please note that data used are the most recent available data.