More than 400,000 Killed in 2017 — UN’s Latest Data on Global Homicide

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime has released the 2019 edition of the “Global Study on Homicide”. The report is published in an effort to increase and improve the understanding of homicide, known as the “ultimate crime” and provide accurate and categorized data. The major data headline from this recent publication is that “464,000 people across the world were killed in homicides in 2017, surpassing by far the 89,000 killed in armed conflicts in the same period.” Some salient statistics from the report include the following:


  • Organized crime accounted for 19% of all homicides, meaning organized crime killed about as many people as all armed conflicts across the world combined.”
  • Homicide rates in the Americas continue to be high, but regional disparities are very evident. “High homicide levels are clustered, with some local populations facing homicide rates comparable to death rates in conflict zones and others having a negligible risk.”
  • Even though 81% of all victims were male, female victims suffered death at the hands of a family member or intimate partner by a much wider margin than their male counterparts.

Unlike previous editions of the Global Study on Homicide, this year’s report is divided into six booklets in order to provide policymakers and readers with thematic, cross-national data which examines and evaluates the global scale of homicide. You can access each of the booklets via the links below:

If you would like further readings and context for this year’s report, please reference the Global Study on Homicide 2011, and the Global Study on Homicide 2013. Need help finding something? Ask one of our librarians for assistance!