Armed violence trends in South East Europe: New quarterly report published, capturing 789 incidents with firearms
The Quarterly Armed Violence Regional Report recorded 789 firearm-related incidents in the region from April to June 2021. Some of the main findings are:
- 789 firearm incidents were observed.
- 356 cases of weapon seizures were recorded, continuing to be the most reported type of firearm incident in the region.
- 149 incidents in criminal context were reported, out of which 92 were related to armed robberies.
- 22 domestic violence incidents were reported, in which 5 women were killed. The number of incidents doubled compared to the previous quarter.
- 14 people committed suicide using a firearm, with majority of the victims being men.
- Men accounted for 98% of all perpetrators, of those whose sex was reported.
- 48 people were killed and 96 were injured with firearms during this reporting period.
About the Armed Violence Monitoring Platform (AVMP)
The AVMP monitors firearms-related incidents happening in South-East Europe. Established in 2014, it collects detailed data from the media reports and reports of public institutions where available, covering Albania, Bosnia, and Herzegovina, Republic of Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, North Macedonia, and Kosovo*.
The collected data range from the type of incident, firearms used, age and gender of the victim and the perpetrator, outcome of the incident, etc.
The AVMP aims to make essential data available to all interested parties and serve as an informative tool for interventions with the overarching goal of a more effective arms control framework and reducing their negative impact on civilians.
The AVMP is supported with funding from the EU Council Decision (CFSP) 2019/2111 to support SEESAC disarmament and arms control activities in South-East Europe, reducing the threat of illicit small arms and light weapons their ammunition.
* References to Kosovo shall be understood in the context of the Security Council resolution 1244 (1999).