The big picture

Homicide rates, by region (2012 or latest year)


Through the filter of data from the global to the sub-national level, the Global Study on Homicide  2013 gives a comprehensive overview of intentional homicide across the world. Intentional homicide caused the deaths of almost half a million people (437,000) across the world in 2012. The total estimated number of homicides in 2012 leads to an average global homicide rate of 6.2 per 100,000 population.

In this chapter:

  • What areas experience high and low levels of homicide?
  • Where does homicide occur with the highest intensity?
  • Who is most at risk?
  • How have homicide rates changed over time?

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