Far More Killed in Homicide than War


An average of more than half a million people died violently each year between 2004 and 2009, according to a new research note published by the Small Arms Survey and the Geneva Declaration on Armed Violence and Development.

Intentional homicides outnumbered conflict deaths by more than seven to one, according to the research note. An average of 395,000 people worldwide died as a result of intentional homicides each year between 2004 and 2009. During the same period, an average of 55,000 people died as a result of intentional conflict. The research note is based on findings from the Global Burden of Armed Violence 2011 report.

The note emphasizes a need for data to be compiled at the local level, so that each instance of armed violence can be analyzed for its unique circumstances.

Read the research note here.

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