Our Top 4 Resources for Information on Violence

If you read this blog it’s likely you have a stake in violence prevention in the U.S. or abroad. You’re probably interested in fighting this contagion just like we are here at Cure Violence.

Since we want to be a resource to our colleagues, partners, supporters and allies across the world, today, we offer up our top resources for information on violence in the hopes they’ll be useful to you, as well.

  1. U.S. FBI Uniform Crime Reports: An annual publication in which the FBI compiles the volume and rate of violent and property crime offenses for the nation and by state.
  2. United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime “Homicide Statistics” Database: a collection of statistical data on intentional homicide (unlawful death purposefully inflicted on a person by another person). The dataset covers 207 countries and territories and provides data on homicide levels, trends and contextual characteristics drawn from a variety of national and international sources relating to homicide
  3. Peace Index: a series of national peace indices that offer a comprehensive measure of peace at the subnational level for the US, UK and, most recently, Mexico. This project of the Institute for Economics and Peace also offers a Global Peace Index.
  4. Armed Violence Reduction Monitor (link no longer active): evidence-based research and services to prevent and reduce armed violence as a necessary precondition for effective and sustainable development. The monitor serves to promote public health and safety by encouraging, contributing to and analyzing effective armed violence reduction initiatives. This is a program of the international NGO and nonprofit, Centre for Armed Violence Reduction.

Update:Thanks to Ryan Knight for posting a few more great resources on our Facebook page, which we are adding to our list.  Please keep suggestions coming. Where else do you find good data on violence?

  1. CDC’s WISQARS – an interactive database system that provides customized reports of injury-related data
  2. BJS National Crime Victimization Survey – Information on criminal victimization from a nationally representative sample of about 90,000 households, comprising nearly 160,000 persons, on the frequency, characteristics, and consequences of criminal victimization in the United States.
  3. CDC’s National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS) – Data regarding violent deaths obtained from death certificates, coroner/medical examiner reports, and law enforcement reports in 19 participating states.

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