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:

Percent Decrease

           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

Dr. Zeoli's Sample Webinars on Domestic Violence and Guns:

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Talk of the Town

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Upcoming Events

 To stay up to date with my latest talks, take a look at some of my upcoming events.

Congressional Briefing: 

Countering Mass Shootings in the U.S. 

Mass public attacks in particular appear to have increased in regularity and severity, leading to a heightened sense of national fear and insecurity. Addressing this urgent problem requires evidence-based policy responses based on careful analysis and evaluation. To respond to this need, George Mason University’s Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy and Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College, with the support of the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, have organized a congressional briefing to bring the most up-to-date research on the subject to the U.S. Capitol.

Policies that Work to Reduce Gun Violence 

Please join us in Washington, D.C., on September 23 for Policies That Work to Reduce Gun Violence. This half-day forum, co-hosted by the American Public Health Association and the Bloomberg American Health Initiative at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health at the Newseum, will: highlight the most up-to-date evidence on gun violence prevention, and elevate the best research on strategies to reduce deaths and injuries stemming from gun violence.
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, criminology and criminal justice. 
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About RCGV

MSU’s Research Consortium on Gender-Based Violence faculty and staff are dedicated to research and outreach initiatives related to ending and preventing gender-based violence and improving the community response to survivors. RCGV faculty are committed to mentoring the next generation of gender-based violence researchers by providing substantial educational and employment opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students.

Gender-based violence (GBV) is a significant and widespread social problem internationally, devastating adults, children, families and societies across the globe. It includes any form of harm that is both a consequence and cause of gender power inequities. It can be physical, psychological, sexual, economic, or sociocultural, and includes but is not limited to sexual abuse, rape, intimate partner abuse, incest, sexual harassment, stalking, femicide, trafficking, gendered hate crimes and dowry abuse. Gender-based violence intersects with race-based, class-based or religiously oppressive forms of abuse, and cross-cuts many other social problems (e.g., poverty, substance abuse, mental and physical health, crime).

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