Ukraine

This category looks at the impact of explosive violence in Ukraine since 2014. In that time, of all civilian casualties by explosive weapon use recorded, 88% were in populated areas.

AOAV: all our reports

This is a list of all reports published by Action on Armed Violence

Militarism examined

This category looks into militaries and militarism, with a focus on Great Britain. From how the UK became one of the world’s leading arms exporters, to why we continue to export to nations with serious human rights concerns, to investigations into the UK’s armed forces, it seeks to challenge the contradictions and failures of British militarism, and the failure of other nations militaries, today.

Weapons explained

A brief summary of some of the major weapons types and their impact

Children and explosive violence

The impact of explosive violence on children is devastating and commonplace.  This section examines the short- and long-term effects of explosive weapon use on children around the world.

Environment and explosive violence

AOAV examines the reverberating environmental impacts from the use of explosive weapons.

  • Civil Society Statement on the Protection of Civilians in Urban Conflict (2022)

    AOAV is proud to be one of the endorsing NGOs for the Civil Society Statement on the Protection of Civilians in Urban Conflicts, ahead of the UN's annual open debate on the protection of civilians (POC) in armed conflict. Over the past year, the devastating impact of urban warfare on civilians has been made increasingly clear, especially the parallel direct and indirect, short-term and long-term nature of urban warfare's effects on civilians and civilian infrastructure.

  • Looting the Land: is Ukraine’s black earth a reason for Putin’s invasion?

    Now sabotaging Russian tanks, Ukraine’s rich soil may be the prize that Putin seeks from his violence, write Dimitris Dimitriadis and Iain Overto

Gender and explosive violence

We know that when explosive weapons are used in populated areas over 90% of those killed or injured will be civilians. What is less known is the impact on men and women from such violence. AOAV here examines explosive violence in its different forms, looking especially at its gendered impact on communities

Health and explosive violence

AOAV examines the reverberating impacts from the use of explosive weapons.

Explosive Violence Monthly Reports

Since 2011, AOAV has been recording the global harm wrought by explosive weapons on civilians. Through monitoring English language media reports, we demonstrate consistent patterns of harm arising from the use of explosive violence, in particular their effects on civilian populations. These reports are issued annually with monthly updates.

  • Explosive Violence in May 2022

    In May 2022, Action on Armed Violence recorded 2,165 deaths and injuries from 418 incidents of explosive violence around the world, as reported in English-language media. Civilians accounted for 76% (1, 641) of the deaths and injuries recorded.

  • Explosive Violence in April 2022

    In April 2022, Action on Armed Violence recorded 2, 143 deaths and injuries from 237 incidents of explosive violence around the world, as reported in English-language media. Civilians accounted for 80% (1, 722) of the deaths and injuries recorded.