Who are we?

Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) is a London-based research charity that has a central mission: to carry out research and advocacy in order to reduce the incidence and impact of global armed violence.

To help reduce this burden of pain and suffering, we carry out research and advocacy campaigns. We do so to help build recognition of the rights of victims and survivors of armed violence. We also seek to research the root causes and consequences of armed violence in affected countries.

Much of our research focus is on the harm caused by explosive weapons. When explosive weapons were used in populated areas such as towns and cities, 90% of those were civilians. We campaign to strengthen national and international laws and standards on the availability and use of such conventional and improvised weapons.

We also examine knife and gun crime and offer up data and solutions to such harm.

One of the central pillars of our work is our Global Explosive Violence Monitor, as well as the specific research we carry out on manufactured weapons, Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), and guns.

Key reports on explosive violence include:
Explosive Violence Monitor 2020 (pdf)

Explosive Violence Monitor 2019 (pdf)
Explosive Violence Monitor 2018 (pdf)
Explosive Violence Monitor 2017 (pdf)
Explosive Violence Monitor 2016 (pdf)

Key reports on manufactured weapons include:
The reverberating effects of explosive weapon use in Syria (pdf)

When the bombs fall silent (pdf)
The Refugee Explosion (pdf)
Childhood Under Attack: A Timeline of Explosive Weapon Harm (pdf)
‘Blast Injury’: a report on the reverberating health impacts from the use of explosive weapons (pdf)
‘The Broken Land’: a review of the environmental impact of explosive weapons (pdf)

Key reports on Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) include:
IEDs: past, present and future (pdf)
Addressing the threat posed by IEDs (pdf)
Anatomy of a Suicide Bombing (pdf)

Blood on the Streets of Boston (pdf)
For more on suicide bombers, please read our Executive Director’s book The Price of Paradise.

Key reports on guns include:
The Devil’s Trade: Guns and Violence in El Salvador (pdf)
US Department of Defense spend on guns in ‘War on Terror’
15 Mass shootings that changed the law
For more on guns, please read our Executive Director’s book Gun Baby Gun.

If you would like to help support our work, please donate here.

A major source of funding of our research work is from the Norwegian government. We are also supported by the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust. We have also, in recent years, received funds from other governments, including France, the US and NATO-sponsor States.

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We are always looking for volunteers to help us with our research projects. If you would like to help in our research, please contact our Executive Director, Iain Overton.

Please contact us on 07984 645 145