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:

Latest news

3 December was the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. 3000 people are seriously injured by guns every day, many injuries leading to long-term or permanent disability.

In Colombia, a Week for Peace took place from 5-12 September to promote the efforts of thousands of people working for peace in the country.

IANSA member Alex Galvez, director of Transicions Foundation in Guatemala, featured in a popular national news program on Friday 3 September to talk about their work empowering people with disabilities as a result of gun violence.

Plans for the annual Week for Peace in Bogota, Colombia were launched on 12 August.

On 1 July, Nancy Chaverri, a school Principal in San Jose (Costa Rica) was shot in the head by a 17 year old student with a gun taken from his home. Nancy died on 11 July.

Latest resources

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.