Dr. April Zeoli 

Associate Professor, School of Criminal Justice

 

“My research investigates whether policies designed to reduce intimate partner violence and homicide have an impact.”

Dr. April M. Zeoli is an Associate Professor in the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University. She earned her PhD from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she studied health and public policy, specializing in violence prevention. Dr. Zeoli conducts interdisciplinary research, with a goal of bringing together the fields of public health and criminology and criminal justice. Her main field of investigation is the prevention of intimate partner violence and homicide through the use of policy and law. Specifically, she is interested in the role of firearms in intimate partner violence and homicide, as well as the civil and criminal justice systems responses to intimate partner violence. Recently, she evaluated the association of state-level intimate partner violence-related legal restrictions on firearm purchase and possession with intimate partner homicide rates, finding that some of these laws may reduce intimate partner homicide rates. She is currently studying the implementation of firearm relinquishment procedures for those intimate partner violence offenders who can no longer legally possess them. She is also studying the criminal histories of those who go on to commit intimate partner homicide to identify potential intervention points.

Dr. Zeoli is on the editorial board of the scholarly journal Injury Prevention, and serves as the research expert for the National Domestic Violence and Firearms Resource Center.

Mapping Domestic Violence Firearms Laws:

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           States that adopted the law prohibiting those convicted of a violent misdemeanor crime from firearm access (regardless of relationship to victim) saw a 23% decrease in intimate partner homicide compared to states with no law prohibiting violent or domestic violence misdemeanants from firearm purchase and possession. States that prohibited domestic violence misdemeanants only saw no decrease compared to states with no law prohibiting misdemeanants from firearm purchase or possession.

Research Spotlight

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Talk of the Town

See what others are saying about Dr. Zeoli’s work:

Republican and Democratic Lawmakers Get Facts Wrong on Gun Policy

Written and Interviewed by Linda QuiPublished on March 1, 2018

A Bump Stock Ban Is Popular With the Public. But Experts Have Their Doubts

Written by Margot Sanger-Katz and Quoctrung Bui, Published on October 12, 2017

How to Prevent Gun Deaths? Where Experts and the Public Agree

Written by Quoctrung Bui and Margot Sanger-Katz, Published on January 10, 2017

Boyfriends Can Kill, Too

Written and Interviewed by The New York Times Editorial Board, Published on December 19, 2017

A Good Way to Keep Guns From Predators

Written and Interviewed by The New York Times Editorial Board, Published on December 19, 2017

When Abusers Are Most Lethal

Written and Interviewed by The New York Times Editorial Board, Published on December 19, 2017

States Consider Laws Allowing Courts to Take Guns From Dangerous People

Written by Jon Kamp and Shibani Mahtani, Published on March 2, 2018
Interviewed by Shibani Mahtani

New York State Wants to Take Guns Away From All Domestic Abusers

Written by Abigail Abrams, Published on December 13, 2017

Domestic Violence is the ‘Canary in the Coal Mine’ for Mass Shootings

Written by Charlotte Alter, Published on November 7, 2017

Why So Many Mass Shooters Have Domestic Violence in Their Past

Written by Charlotte Alter, Published on June 14, 2017

Oregon Passes First Gun Law Since Florida Shooting, And It’s A Big Deal For Single Women 

Written and Interviewed by Gillian Edevane, Published on February 23, 2018 

Gun Control Laws: These Are The Measures Americans Supports 

Written and Interviewed by Melina Delkic, Published on March 1, 2018

Crime As A Disease

NPR’s Hidden Brain, Hosted by Shankar Vedantam, Parth Shah, Jennifer Schmidt, Published on November 17, 2017

The Link Between Domestic Violence And Mass Shootings

NPR’s On Point, Published on November 9, 2017

The New Yorker Radio Hour

Guns and Domestic Abuse, a Tragic Combination, published on February 8, 2019.

In Sickness and In Health

Season 3 Episode 6 – He’s Got a Gun, published in December 2018. 

 

 

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2018 TEDMED Speaker April Zeoli is an expert on the relationship between intimate partner violence and gun violence. Her research aims to bring together the fields of public health and criminology and criminal justice. 

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