Explosive Violence Casualty Database

Today (October 1st, 2019), Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) launches a searchable database covering almost nine years of global casualty monitoring from explosive weapon harm.

The database, compiled from English-language media sources, holds information on over 22,000 explosive violence incidents from across 119 countries. It includes data on over 300,000 casualties.

The use of explosive weapons predictably results in harm to civilians, whose numbers make up over three-quarters of the casualties recorded from such violence.

One of the consistent findings from the data shows that when explosive weapons are used in populated areas, such as towns and cities, over 90% of the casualties are likely to be civilians.

Between 2011 and 2018, 60% of incidents occurred in populated areas. However, these incidents resulted in 90% of civilian casualties, demonstrating the disproportionate and predictable harm that results from the use of explosive weapons in populated areas.

The searchable database allows users such as journalist, civil society and States to check the number of casualties recorded from explosive violence by weapon type, country, year and other filters.

The database will continue to be updated monthly with the latest casualty data.

To search the database, please see here.