Recording Casualties of Explosive Violence: Evidence-Based Advocacy in Practice
Almost every day, in some corner of the world, someone is killed or injured by an explosive weapon. Their deaths often go unrecognised and unrecorded, hastily ignored or fast forgotten. This chapter describes the efforts of UK-based non-governmental organisation Action on Armed Violence (AOAV), to record these casualties of explosive violence using English-language media sources. Through the data which is collected, AOAV seeks to inform the debate on this particular technology of violence and to challenge the ways in which explosive weapons are used around the world. This chapter outlines the rationale for recording the casualties of explosive violence; provides a brief overview of AOAV’s method of recording casualties; and discusses some of the reasons why casualty recording can help reduce the incidence and impact of armed violence. Describing the utility of casualty data in engaging policymakers, the chapter demonstrates the value of the AOAV’s data, despite its acknowledged limitations.
KeywordsExplosive weapons Explosive violence Casualty recording Armed Violence Casualty data
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