2011 Global Study on Homocide UNODC

Firearms are behind rising murder rates in Central and South America, the Caribbean and Central and Southern Africa, according to the 2011 Global Study on Homicide by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Almost three quarters of all homicides in these regions are committed with guns, compared to 21% in Europe. The report also shows that while men are more likely to be killed in public places, women are mainly murdered at home. In Europe half of all female victims were killed by a family member. Women comprised almost 80 per cent of all people killed by a current or former partner in Europe in 2008. The IANSA Women’s Network said, “This confirms IANSA's position as part of the Disarm Domestic Violence campaign which highlights how the greatest risk of gun violence to women around the world is not on the streets, or the battlefield, but in their own homes”.