UMEM Educational Pearls

In consideration of the recent shootings in Orlando, Florida, how common are intentional homicides globally?


  • Homicides were the 22nd leading cause of death globally in 2004
    • They are projected to be the 16th leading cause by 2030


  • There were an estimated 437,000 intentional homicides across the world in 2012
    • This was an average global homicide rate of 6.2/100,000


  • The highest regional homicide rate was in the Americas (North, Central and South) at 16.3/100,000 in 2012
    • Asia had the lowest rate of 2.9/100,000


  • Almost four times as many men as women die from violence each year
    • However, women overwhelmingly die from intimate partner violence or from family members


Please keep the families and friends of the victims of the Orlando events, as well as the many emergency workers who helped them, in your thoughts and prayers.