Ukraine: AOAV explosive violence data on harm to civilians

In the Ukrainian conflict, AOAV – which takes its sources from reputable English language media – has recorded up to the 24 June, 4,974 casualties from explosive weapon use across 547 incidents; this includes some 4,349 civilian casualties (2,054 killed, 2,295 injured).

Is Ethiopia lurching towards civil war?

As Ethiopia’s prime minister deploys armed forces in the northern region of Tigray, AOAV examines the recent spike in violence there.

Bearing witness to the mental harm of violence in Mexico

Located in the state of Chihuahua, across from El Paso, Texas, the Mexican city of Ciudad Juarez sits sullen on the US border. It is filled with thousands of migrant workers and factory seamstresses, all who have come to this dusty frontier town to make a better life for themselves. But another reality had come […]

Supporting victims and survivors of gun violence

  Behind every weapon there is a person involved who controls it, and in front of the weapon will most likely be a civilian who will be injured or killed by it. Finding solutions to violence from small arms and light weapons is a must, but it is also a duty to respond to the […]

Molly Molloy, Border and Latin America Specialist at New Mexico State University, talks to AOAV about violence in Mexico.

AOAV: [Would] you say that small arms and guns have been a constant backdrop to your view of Latin American politics and immigration? Molly Molloy: I believe that, in terms of the numbers of guns in Mexico now, many of them have kind of an origin in the United States, but not a recent origin.  […]

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 […]

Half a million murders in 2012, UN report finds

Nearly half a million people were murdered worldwide in 2012, according to a survey just released by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The Global Study on Homicide 2013, released on April 10, is a fascinating worldwide picture of murders. Notably, the data here refers to intentional unlawful killings outside of conflict […]

Weapons of protest, weapons of war

Over the last few weeks, separate large-scale protests erupted into violence in Thailand, Ukraine and Venezuela. Beyond the immediate violence and casualties, civil unrest poses a major danger of escalation into much more violence. In such charged situations, the use of certain weapons and tactics can often spiral towards uncontrollable conflict. And yet the mechanisms by which the international […]

In focus: Analía Monferrer, Legal Secretary to the Supreme Court of Argentina

AOAV: Could you tell us about the work of the Office of Domestic Violence and how you collect information? Analía Monferrer: The Office of Domestic Violence is open 24 hours a day, every day of the year, and is directly related to the Supreme Court. It offers interdisciplinary attention to the people who have experienced, […]

News from AOAV: 17 January 2014

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CAR President resigns amidst violent uncertainty

On Friday January 10, the Central African Republic’s interim president Michael Djotodia stepped down. Shortly before his resignation, the UN had warned that the violence in CAR could spiral into all-out war, following months of increased tension and violence in the country. It is not immediately clear whether Djotodia’s resignation will calm or exacerbate the […]

The Violent Road: comprehensive report on Nigerian armed violence by AOAV

Armed violence has damaged the economic and social wellbeing of Nigeria, according to a joint report by AOAV and local groups working against armed violence in Nigeria. A chronic failure to record and monitor the impact of armed violence has also hampered efforts to address this violence head on. The report was written by the National […]