Homicide Monitor shows distribution of violence worldwide

Posted to Maps  |  Tags: ,  |  Nathan Yau

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.

Favorites

Divorce Rates for Different Groups

We know when people usually get married. We know who never marries. Finally, it’s time to look at the other side: divorce and remarriage.

Unemployment in America, Mapped Over Time

Watch the regional changes across the country from 1990 to 2016.

One Dataset, Visualized 25 Ways

“Let the data speak” they say. But what happens when the data rambles on and on?

Real Chart Rules to Follow

There are rules—usually for specific chart types meant to be read in a specific way—that you shouldn’t break. When they are, everyone loses. This is that small handful.