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Med Confl Surviv. 2005 Jan-Mar;21(1):19-27.

Towards collation and modelling of the global cost of armed violence on civilians.

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Department of Public Health Sciences, University of Toronto, International Committee of the Red Cross, Geneva, Switzerland.


A method is described which translates qualitative reports about armed violence into meaningful quantitative data allowing an evidence-based approach to the causes and effects of the global health impact of armed violence on unarmed people. Analysis of 100 randomly selected news reports shows that the type of weapon used, the psychological aspect of the violence, the number of weapons in use and the victims' vulnerability independently influence the mortality of victims. Data collated by the same method could be analysed together with indicators of poverty, development and health so illuminating the relationship between such indicators and degradation of peoples' physical security through acts of armed violence. The method could also help uphold the laws of war and human rights.

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