Firearm Injury & Policy Research Program

The mission of the Firearm Injury & Policy Research Program (FIPRP) is to reduce the impact of firearm injury and death on people’s lives through interdisciplinary research and collaboration with institutional, community, and governmental partners.

FIPRP Statement on Recent Gun Violence:

Every death is an equal tragedy worthy of public attention. Every day in the United States, over 300 individuals are injured or killed by firearms. Media response to some shooting incidents but not others implies that we believe that some deaths are more deserving of acknowledgement. The incidents that receive media attention are not random and are socially patterned, reflecting a preference for non-oppressed communities. By responding to, and thus amplifying, incidents that are already receiving media attention, we would be reinforcing a hierarchy that places value on some lives but not others. For these reasons, FIPRP as a group does not respond publicly via press release, social media, or other official statements following every shooting, including those receiving widespread media attention. This includes international, national, and local incidents.

(Updated July 2021)

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Barriers and Facilitators to the ERPO Filing Process

Extreme risk protection orders (ERPOs) are tools for preventing suicide and other forms of violence;  some states allow civilians to file ERPO petitions to remove firearms from someone expressing concerning behavior. New research led by…

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Wear Orange Day 2022

The fight to end gun violence has never been more urgent. National Gun Violence Awareness Day (the first Friday in June) and Wear Orange Weekend (the accompanying weekend) will take place June 3-5, 2022. Wear…

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Racial and Ethnic Differences in the Fear-Victimization Gap at School

A new study examined the racial and ethnic differences in adolescents’ fear of attacks or harm at school after adjusting for differences in violent victimization prevalence. Researchers from Penn State University and the University of…

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Gun violence expert responds to Texas shooting

Originally posted on UW Medicine Newsroom. Dr. Fred Rivara, director of the Firearm Injury & Policy Research Program at Harborview Medical Center, has more than 30 years of experience researching injury prevention. He says making any sense of the…

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How to Talk to your Child after a Tragedy Occurs

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) encourages parents, teachers, child care providers, and others who work closely with children to filter information about the event and present it in a way that their child can…

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UW Population Health Initiative Tier 1 Pilot Research Grant Awarded

The Population Health Initiative has announced the award of 11 Tier 1 Pilot Grants to teams representing researchers from seven different University of Washington schools and colleges, plus UW Tacoma and multiple community-based partners. The…

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FIPRP Directory

Phone: (206) 744-9457
Fax: (206) 744-9962

Mailing Address:
Box 359960
325 Ninth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104