The scourge of sexual violence in West Africa, unveiled

STATcompiler, Fourni par l’auteur” width=”600″ height=”350″/> Figure 1. Built from the DHS Program online data. Credit: STATcompiler, Fourni par l’auteur When Zougba’s husband fled the jihadist violence crippling Burkina Faso, she soon found herself with her young son, daughter and other women on the road in a mission to join him. After 10km, four armed … Read more

Gun violence can’t be solved with just one approach, so Indianapolis is trying a range of programs

More than 90% of Marion County’s 977,000 residents live in Indianapolis. The average US metro rate includes many counties that encompass relatively small cities. The homicide rate in Marion County is comparable with levels seen in many cities with more than 500,000 residents. Credit: Chart: The Conversation, CC-BY-ND Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention … Read more

Game of Thrones prequel confirms there will be no sexual violence on screen. Here’s why that’s important

Credit: HBO HBO’s fantasy series “Game of Thrones” dominated television and pop culture discourse for much of a decade. Its upcoming prequel series, “House of the Dragon,” is similarly generating conversation, although not in ways the producers might prefer. Much of this has centered on discussions of sexual assault and rape on screen. This new … Read more

Children are bombarded with violence in the news. How to help them cope

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Over 100 mass shootings have taken place in the US since the rampage in Uvalde, Texas, on May 24, 2022. Not passed a single week in 2022 has without at least four mass shootings. With gun violence, war and other tragedies in the news, children are often exposed to scary images … Read more

Women’s help desks in local police stations in India increased registration of cases of gender-based violence

Outside of a women’s help desk room, with sign, at inauguration. Credit: Sandip Sukhtankar A new study by J-PAL affiliate Sandip Sukhtankar (University of Virginia) and coauthors Gabrielle Kruks-Wisner (University of Virginia) and Akshay Mangla (Saïd Business School, University of Oxford) found that establishing specialized help desks for women in local police stations In the … Read more

Gun violence policy is focusing on mental health but Federal records still lack some states

Credit: CC0 Public Domain/Pixabay Federal officials say the FBI’s database of people prohibited from purchasing differents only works if it has “complete, accurate and timely information.” Mental health records are a key prong in the system. But three states—New Hampshire, Montana and Wyoming—still refuse to submit them. As US Senators iron out gun reform initiatives, … Read more

Police lethal violence against Black people may affect clearance of crimes involving Black victims

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain Police use of violence, especially against Black people, may threaten police agencies’ effectiveness by reinforcing residents’ legal cynicism and leading to disengagement from police. For example, after the killing by police of George Floyd, a Milwaukee police official said local residents cooperated less with police than they did before the killing. … Read more

Extreme weather, climate events may lead to an increase in violence towards women, girls, and sexual and gender minorities

Credit: CC0 Public Domain As the climate crisis leads to more intense and more frequent extreme weather and climate-related events, this in turn risks increasing the amount of gender-based violence experienced by women, girls, and sexual and gender minorities, say researchers. In a study published in The Lancet Planetary Healtha team led by a researcher … Read more

Gun violence is a public health epidemic, experts say. It needs to be treated like one.

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Dr. Michael Rodriguez is tired of “thoughts and prayers.” He is overwhelmed. Wear. Frustrated with inaction. Yet another staggering string of gunfire massacres across the nation has left dozens dead and more reeling. Ten killed at a Buffalo, New York grocery store. Two teachers and 19 elementary school children dead in … Read more