High firearm ownership among U.S. law enforcement officers linked to increased risk of suicidal thoughts, Rutgers study reveals

Rutgers University researchers have identified concerning links between high firearm ownership and storage practices among U.S. law enforcement officers and increased risk of suicidal thoughts,

Maitland et al’s analysis of 983 civilian casualties generates the first template of immediate surgical response for civilian blast injuries

Published in the Lancet, this first-of-its-kind study is an indispensable response to the increasing prevalence of blast injuries in peacetime.

The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on extremist groups’ use of Improvised Explosive Devices

Based on IED data collected over the last decade, AOAV finds that, globally, incidents of IED attacks decreased by 12% from 2019 to 2020.

Examining the gendered impacts of explosive weapons: a literature overview

Explosive weapons cause immense suffering across populations, from the immediate impact on the victim’s body, to lasting psychological damage, to the destruction of homes and communities. Conflicts in Yemen, Syria, and Iraq have seen explosive weapons cause severe damage to their civilian populations. And such violence has distinctly gendered implications. This violence, though, is often […]

The Violent Road: Violence in Nigeria

The issue of armed violence is becoming more and more noticed as a major problem in Nigeria.  The recent kidnapping of hundreds of girls has highlighted the deep rooted issues of violence in this West African power. The truth is that Nigeria is, and has been for a long while, one of the African countries […]

Two AOAV researchers named in list highlighting next generation of leaders in humanitarian disarmament

Mines Action Canada today released their “30 under 30” list profiling young campaigners who are working to make a more just, peaceful and sustainable world. Two of AOAV’s Explosive Violence Researchers, Henry Dodd and Robert Perkins, were named on the list for their work on explosive weapons. Those chosen work on a wide variety of […]

Citing AOAV research, UN Secretary-General emphasises protection of civilians

The UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, has released his latest report on the protection of civilians in armed conflict which draws on research conducted by Action on Armed Violence. The report outlines the threats faced by civilian populations in a number of ongoing conflicts worldwide, and specifically emphasises the need for both casualty tracking and recording. […]

In focus: Abdullahi Mohammed Odowa, General-Director of the Somali Observatory of Conflict and Violence Prevention

Abdullahi Mohammed Odowa is a General-Director of the Observatory of Conflict and Violence Prevention. He has an extensive experience on social research and has conducted several researches including Conflict Analysis in Sool and Sanaag regions of Somalia (for CARE International) and Social Action Research on Drought and Climate Change in Somaliland (for ActionAid International). AOAV: What […]

Thoughts on violence: Michael Spagat, University of London

Professor Michael Spagat is the Head of the Economics Department at the Royal Holloway, University of London. He holds a PhD in Economics from Harvard and a BA in Economics and Mathematical Methods in the Social Sciences from Northwestern.  He is also a research fellow of the CEPR, the Davidson Institute and the Households in Conflict […]

New report: Insecurity and violence persist in Sierra Leone

Despite achieving significant progress on peace and stability in the decade following the civil war, insecurity and violence still persist in Sierra Leone. This was confirmed by our latest report that represents findings of a 2012 nationwide baseline assessment of armed violence in Sierra Leone. The survey shows that interpersonal violence, e.g. fights, threats, intimidation, assault and beatings, […]

Keith Krause

Keith Krause Programme Director of the Small Arms Survey Keith Krause is the Founder and Programme Director of the Small Arms Survey, a research centre providing resources for governments, policy-makers and researchers on all aspects of small arms and armed violence. Their projects include a database on unplanned munitions stockpile explosions, definitions and identification tools […]

Theresa Hitchens

Theresa Hitchens Director of the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research The United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) is an autonomous body within the UN tasked with assisting the international community in finding and implementing solutions to disarmament and security challenges. They produce research on weapons of mass destruction, small arms and light weapons, and emerging […]