Monday, February 1 through Sunday, February 7 2021
In February 2019, people in America first came together to mark the first-ever National Gun Violence Survivors Week. Since then, National Gun Violence Survivors Week has been honored annually by survivors and allies, members of Congress, mayors and other elected officials, partners, celebrities, athletes, and more, who come together to collectively share and amplify the stories and voices of gun violence survivors who live with the impact of gun violence every day of the year.
With a gun death rate 11 times greater than other high-income nations, by early February, more Americans are killed with guns than are killed in our peer countries in an entire calendar year.
58 percent of American adults are survivors of gun violence, either experiencing gun violence themselves or caring for someone who has experienced gun violence in their lifetimes.
68 percent of Black and Hispanic Americans are survivors of gun violence, either experiencing gun violence themselves or caring for someone who has experienced gun violence in their lifetimes.
And our nation’s gun violence crisis continues to be intensified by another public health crisis gripping our nation: the COVID-19 pandemic. There are countless stories behind every gun violence statistic—parents who never got to kiss their kids goodbye, gunshot victims living with physical and emotional wounds, and entire families heartbroken by gun suicide.
During National Gun Violence Survivors Week, we take stock of the terrible human toll of America’s gun violence crisis—and recommit ourselves to honoring survivors with action. This year’s National Gun Violence Survivors Week, Monday, February 1 – Sunday, February 7, will focus on highlighting the resilience of America’s gun violence survivors, who despite experiencing incredible trauma, are leading work on the ground to support other survivors and advocating for common-sense measures that save lives. The centerpiece of National Gun Violence Survivors Week is Moments That Survive, a year-round digital storytelling site and campaign in which Americans across the country share defining details of their experiences, in their own words.
Become a Partner
Join us as a National Gun Violence Survivors Week partner in 2020 by committing to amplify the voices and stories of gun violence survivors and sharing information about the impact of gun violence on the lives of Americans on social media and virtual events. We will be sharing more about events and activations planned throughout the week.
Nearly 50 partners, including national membership groups, non-profit organizations, and faith partners across various issue areas, joined the effort in recognition of National Gun Violence Survivors Week. The groups included:
- American Association of Suicidology
- American Federation of Teachers
- American Medical Student Association
- Amnesty International USA
- Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
- Break the Cycle, Center for American Progress
- Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
- Cohen Veterans Network
- Community Justice Action Fund
- Doctors for America
- Do Something.org
- Equality Federation
- Equality Florida
- Gays Against Guns
- Generation Progress
- Giffords: Courage to Fight Gun Violence
- Greater New York Hospital Association
- Guns Down America
- Human Rights Campaign
- March For Our Lives
- National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
- National Council of Jewish Women
- National Education Association
- National Parent Teacher Association
- Newtown Action Alliance
- Orange Ribbons for Jamie
- Remembering Darien
- Sandy Hook Promise
- Scrubs Addressing the Firearm Epidemic
- States United to Prevent Gun Violence
- To Write Love On Her Arms
- This Is Our Lane
- The National Urban League
- The Soul Box Project
- The United State of Women and Your Mom Cares
Get in Touch for Partnership Information
Amplify Survivor Voices
You can commit to elevating the voices of survivors from your own network or from the Moments That Survive Website alongside thousands of other Americans during National Gun Violence Survivors Week, February 1-7. While we lift the voices of survivors throughout the year, during National Gun Violence Survivors Week, we call on the nation to collectively lift up survivors and ensure their voices are heard.
Participate in the Conversation
Join in on the conversation on social media using hashtag #GVSurvivorsWeek, or attend one of our national virtual events. More to come soon.