February 1-7 is National Gun Violence Survivors Week. Join us to honor survivor voices.

National Gun Violence Survivors Week

Join us Wednesday, February 1 – Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Join us to honor the fifth annual National Gun Violence Survivors Week, a time where we take stock of the terrible human toll of America’s gun violence crisis and recommit ourselves to supporting survivors with action.

The first week in February marks the approximate time that gun deaths in the United States surpass the number of gun deaths experienced by peer countries in an entire calendar year. Tragically and unacceptably, America’s gun death rate is 13 times greater than that of our peer countries. Every day in the U.S., 110 people are shot and killed, more than 200 people survive gunshot wounds and countless others witness acts of gun violence.

The focus of National Gun Violence Survivors Week is on sharing gun violence survivors’ stories in their own words and encouraging allies to amplify their voices, especially those who are under-represented in our national dialogue. In 2023, we will be highlighting the role of gun violence survivors as changemakers who are leading efforts to end gun violence and support other survivors in their communities.

Read and share the stories of our 2023 Survivor Changemakers below.

Why it matters

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 marked annually by survivors, members of Congress, mayors and other elected officials, partners, celebrities, athletes, and thousands of people across the U.S. who come together to collectively share and amplify the experiences and voices of gun violence survivors who live with the impact of gun violence every day.

Behind every gun violence statistic are countless stories — of parents who never got to kiss their kids goodbye, gunshot victims living with physical and emotional wounds, entire families heartbroken by gun suicide, or witnesses of gun crimes living with trauma. By sharing stories during this week and throughout the year, National Gun Violence Survivors Week highlights the human toll of gun violence in America and lets survivors know they are not alone — there is a community of people standing behind them.

Share Your Story

Has gun violence changed your life? Tell your story to help make clear the urgent need to end gun violence.

Moments That Survive

The centerpiece of National Gun Violence Survivors Week is Moments That Survive, a year-round digital storytelling site where gun violence survivors across the country share defining details of their experiences, in their own words.

Events

Join us virtually to learn about the impact of gun violence on different communities and how we can honor survivors with action.

Join the Conversation

Whether you are a survivor of gun violence or an ally to survivors, join in on the conversation on social media using the hashtag #GVSurvivorsWeek or create a National Gun Survivors Week profile to show support.

Show your Support

Show your support by creating your own National Gun Survivors Week image and share it on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Become a Partner

Join us as a partner in 2023 by committing to amplify the voices and stories of gun violence survivors and sharing information about the impact of gun violence on social media and virtual events. We will be sharing more about events and activations planned throughout the week.

Join the Network

The Everytown Survivor Network is a nationwide community of survivors working together to end gun violence.