XIV.4 Violence Info

Christian Siegrist

Ece Kavlak

Gerhard Bliedung

Luc Guillemot

Peter Gassner

Tomas Carnecky

Public information about violence often presents an up close and personal view of the effects of violence. Violence Info takes the opposite approach, stepping back and looking at interpersonal violence at a global scale. A project of the World Health Organization (WHO), Violence Info draws on over 3,000 sources, including published scientific studies, WHO Global Health Estimates, and WHO’s 2014 Global Status Report on Violence Prevention.

Each of the six forms of violence presented here--homicide, intimate partner violence, sexual violence, elder abuse, youth violence, and child maltreatment--affects us on a surprisingly large scale. Nearly half a million people are murdered each year, and 23% of children are physically abused, with long-term consequences to their well-being. Click a statistic to be directed to a body of research on that topic. Knowledge is power, and the World Health Organization hopes that, by making the research accessible, we can work to predict and therefore prevent violence. Designed and developed by Interactive Things for the World Health Organization, the project was supported by the Public Health Agency of Canada, UBS Optimus Foundation, and the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Violence Info can be found at http://apps.who.int/violence-info.


Siegrist, Christian, Ece Kavlak, Garhard Beliedung, Luc Guillemot, Peter Gassner, and Tomas Carnecky. 2018.Violence Info. In “14th Iteration (2018): Macroscopes for Ensuring our Well-being." Places & Spaces: Mapping Science, edited by Katy Börner and Lisel Record. http://scimaps.org

Acknowledgements: This exhibit is supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. IIS-0238261, CHE-0524661, IIS-0534909 and IIS-0715303, the James S. McDonnell Foundation; Thomson Reuters; the Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science Center, University Information Technology Services, and the School of Library and Information Science, all three at Indiana University. Some of the data used to generate the science maps is from the Web of Science by Thomson Reuters and Scopus by Elsevier. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.