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United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. (2019) Global study on homicide 2019. Vienna: UNODC.

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Since the publication of the previous edition in 2014, the Global Study on Homicide has been expanded into a special six-booklet format, five of which are dedicated to thematic areas relevant to the study of the ultimate crime.


Booklet 1 of the Global Study on Homicide 2019 summarizes the content of the five subsequent substantive booklets by reviewing their key findings and highlighting a set of policy implications derived from the analyses presented in them. Booklet 2 provides an overview of international homicide counts, rates, trends and patterns, and of criminal justice responses to homicide. Booklet 3 examines drivers and mechanisms of, and contributors to, homicide, and looks at the different homicide typologies. The latter is done in an effort to improve understanding of the contexts in which homicide is perpetrated, as this can inform more effective policymaking. Booklet 4 analyses the relationship between homicide and development with reference to the Sustainable Development Goals by looking in detail at the main pillars of development and their reciprocal relationship with homicide and violence. Booklet 5 gives an overview of the scope of gender-related killings of women and girls. It contains an -depth analysis of killings perpetrated within the family sphere and also examines forms of gender-related killings perpetrated outside the family sphere. Booklet 6 deals with the homicide of children, adolescents and young adults, and covers different types of child killings within and outside the family.


E.g. Booklet 3 - Drugs and alcohol as contributors to homicide p.91

  • Substance abuse, violence and antisocial behaviour, through the lens of Goldstein’s tripartite framework p.91
  • Economic-compulsive and psychopharmacological links between psychoactive substances and homicide p.92
  • The systemic link between drugs and violence p.102 

As in previous years, the Global Study on Homicide 2019 is aimed at improving understanding of this complex phenomenon and at providing policymakers with an updated dataset of cross-national data that evaluates the scale of homicide globally.

Item Type
Publication Type
International, Report
Drug Type
All substances, Cannabis, CNS depressants / Sedatives, CNS stimulants, Cocaine, Opioid, New psychoactive substance
July 2019
Corporate Creators
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
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