Armed Violence & Victim Assistance

For information on the Oslo Commitments on Armed Violence and the Geneva Declaration on Armed Violence and Development, click here.

Armed violence and  World report on violence and health, WHO

The Surviving Gun Violence Project (SGVP) was developed in mid-2011 and is exploring the connections between gun violence, disability, human rights and trauma. The SGVP seeks to:  Develop and distribute a policy and practitioner relevant publication in 2013 which outlines key issues, identifies good practice and offers suggestions for critical areas for future research and policymaking; Consult and connect with interested advocates, including survivors of gun violence, researchers and policymakers at various levels of society and politics; and, Identify and make accessible, through the e-resources section of the website, relevant articles, studies, reports on pertinent themes.

The health and human rights of survivors of gun violence: Charting a research and policy agenda, Cate Buchanan, in Health and Human Rights, Vol 13, No 2 (2011)

The health and human rights implications of violently acquired impairments (VAI), specifically gun-related injuries and trauma resulting in disability, represent an overlooked public policy concern.  Efforts to address armed violence typically pivot around two goals: reduction and prevention. But what of those already injured? This article argues that a third goal is overdue for attention: response to those injured, impaired, and disabled from gun violence. Read the full article

Surviving Gun Violence Project Webinar Slides, Cate Buchanan. There remains strikingly little information on the numbers and circumstances of those who survive gun violence. The webinar explores this knowledge gap and some of the consequences for practice and policy making; possible contributions that social scientists, health researchers, advocates and practitioners can make on this issues and a brief overview of the Surviving Gun Violence Project.

Small Arms and Human Security Bulletin, Issue 7, February–March 2006,The skeleton in the closet? Assistance to survivors of armed violence”. This edition of the Bulletin focuses on  the rights and needs of those who survive armed violence and draws from examples including victim assistance in the Mine Ban Treaty. To read the full bulletin, click here.

Victims and Survivors of Armed Violence: Responding to Rights and Needs (2010), Richard Moyes, Action on Armed Violence

Background Paper, Oslo Conference on Armed Violence– Achieving the Millennium Development Goals, 20-22 April 2010

The paper reviews key areas of policy and service provision relevant to the rights of victims and survivors of armed violence. To read the full paper, click here.

Victim assistance brings the human into the arms trade treatyArms Trade Treaty Monitor, Nerina Cerva, Action on Armed Violence

States are negotiating an agreement that aims to regulate transfers of weapons because of the human suffering caused by the irresponsible weapons trade. we’ve heard the numbers: 250,000 people killed each year, millions displaced and countless more bear the cost of the lack of global regulations of arms transfers. Read the full article.

Putting People First: Victim Assistance in the Arms Trade Treaty, Nerina Cerva, Action on Armed Violence

The Arms Trade Treaty must recognize the rights of victims and survivors of armed violence because:

  • It is essential if the treaty is to be true to its humanitarian goals and nature;
  • Without recognition of the rights of victims and provisions for victim assistance, the treaty would fall behind the existing norm of international humanitarian law – that weapons regulations must recognize the rights and include commitment by states to assist victims in recovery and toward inclusion;

Growing numbers of states have recognized the need for victim assistance in the Arm Trade Treaty, and have shown their commitment to this issue by speaking in favor of victim assistance at the Preparatory Committee in February 2011. To read the full article, click here.

States’ obligations, Amnesty International

This document discusses existing international standards, progress made in developing legal
frameworks, establishing institutions and creating formal and informal mechanisms
for providing protection, redress and justice for victims of armed violence. To download the pdf, click here.

Conference on the arms trade: Treaty background guide 2012,

This background Guide contains an overview of the process and issues leading to the Arms Trade Treaty. It includes several pages of overview covering the victim assistance issues that have been discussed and predicts that there will be further debate. For the full publication, click here.

Victims and the ATT. Action on Armed Violence

The ATT must acknowledge the humanitarian imperative that led to its creation: the victimization caused by armed violence, which is proliferated by poor arms regulation. Read the full article here.

Opportunities for addressing explosive violence, UNIDIR

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