How is Violence Measured?

Jul 1999
This document is the one of a series of technical notes that describe the nature and magnitude of violence in the region, its causes and effects, and how it can be prevented and controlled. The notes provide useful information on designing programs and policies to prevent and deal with violence. This note focuses on defining the extent of violence as a first basic step toward fully comprehending the phenomenon. Although homicide is not the only indicator of violence, the homicide rate is the measure that is used most often to determine overall levels of violence in a city or country. This is because homicide constitutes the most serious and publicly visible of all violent acts and is usually reported more accurately in statistics on violent crime.