Homicide Monitor shows distribution of violence worldwide

May 28, 2015


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It’s difficult to grasp the severity of homicide around the world. Homicide Monitor attempts to at least provide a little bit of sense of what’s going on.

The Homicide Monitor is the most comprehensive publicly available dataset on murder in the world. It is a data-driven data visualization tool designed to show the distribution, dimensions and dynamics of homicidal violence in an interactive and accessible manner. Since homicidal violence is concentrated in Latin America and the Caribbean, the Monitor includes additional information at the national, state and city scale.

An interactive globe sets the foundation of the visualization. Countries are colored by homicide rate, where red indicates higher values. Click on a country to see details, such as rates over time, counts, weapon, and victims’ gender. Then use the timeline on the bottom right to look at different years.

You can also download all Homicide Monitor data as a single spreadsheet to look at the numbers through your own lens.