Although reliable data are not available, more than 1 million people a year are believed to be direct survivors of armed violence – people who have been shot, with potentially disabling results. Many millions more are affected by armed violence, through the trauma of losing a family member, or of being threatened at gunpoint (including armed domestic violence, and sexual violence against women, men and children).

In January 2012, we launched the IANSA Survivors Network to formalise an already existing network of campaigners and organisations working to promote survivors' rights and needs. More information about this network is available here:

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Hardy Schober of the Foundation for the Prevention of Violence in Schools helped facilitate the performing of the play “Bang bang – you are dead” in a grammar school in Fellbach, Germany on 26 March.

In Canada, survivors of gun violence are speaking out in defence of national gun controls ahead of the General Election, scheduled for 2 May.

On 15 April, civil society addressed the Consultative Committee of the Inter-American Convention Against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives, and Other Related Material (CIFTA) of the Organisation of American States (OAS) in Washington DC, US.

The Control Arms Foundation of India (CAFI) and the Manipur Women Gun Survivors Network observed the Global Day of Action Against Military Spending on 12 April with a drumming event and vigil in New Delhi, India.

Victims of gun violence is remembered by their family members in a new video produced for 'Fix Gun Checks', a campaign launched by the coalition Mayors Against Illegal Guns. It includes parents of young people murdered in school shootings at Columbine High School in 1999 and Virginia Tech in 2007, an

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Cate Buchanan of the 'Surviving Gun Violence' project will lead a 'webinar' at 10am (UK time) on 15 March.

The World Health Organisation has released a guide for fieldworkers on how to provide social and psychological support to people affected by disasters, including survivors of conflict situations.

This publication, written by IANSA woman Laura Lyddon, features 16 testimonies acquired by IANSA of women survivors of gun violence from a number of different countries.

Few survivors of Sierra Leone's armed conflict have yet received reparation or compensation, according to a report by UK-based Leonard Cheshire Disability.

‘Survivors’ presents women’s experiences of gun violence in their own words.