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Global Study on Homicide. Trends, Contexts, Data

1 January 2011

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Global Study on Homicide. Trends, Contexts, Data

The UNODC 2011 Global Study on Homicide brings together global, regional, national and subnational homicide data in one publication.The study aims to assist global efforts to design evidence-based policies to prevent and reduce crime in those areas and population groups where violence is most acute. A number of key messages may be derived from the data. First, there is a clear link between violent crime and development: crime hampers poor human and economic development; this, in turn, fosters crime. Improvements to social and economic conditions go hand in hand with the reduction of violent crime.The development agenda must include crime prevention policies and the enhancement of the rule of law at both national and international level. The study represents an important advance in understanding the trends and patterns of homicide. One of the most important considerations is the recognition that different factors drive violent crime rates and trends. Another aspect is the role played by firearms in violent crime. It is crucial that measures to prevent crime should include policies towards the ratification and implementation of the UN Firearm protocol. Young males are the group most affected by violent crime in all regions, particularly in the Americas.Yet women of all ages are the victims of intimate partner and family-related violence in all regions and countries. Indeed, in many of them, it is within the home where a woman is most likely to be killed.The study shows that gender-based violence affects a large number of women worldwide and represents a serious threat to the harmonious development of societies.


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