Survivors

Although reliable data are not available, more than 1 million people a year are believed to be direct survivors of armed violence – people who have been shot, with potentially disabling results. Many millions more are affected by armed violence, through the trauma of losing a family member, or of being threatened at gunpoint (including armed domestic violence, and sexual violence against women, men and children).

In January 2012, we launched the IANSA Survivors Network to formalise an already existing network of campaigners and organisations working to promote survivors' rights and needs. More information about this network is available here: http://iansa.org/iansa-survivors-network

Latest news

On 30 April 2012, the Mexican Lower House of Congress approved a law for the rights of victims of violence, including gun violence. Approved by the Senate, the new law will establish a national registry of victims, and victims and their families will be entitled to compensation of up to US $70,000.00, as well as legal and medical support.

The Manipur Women Gun Survivors Network has launched a new website to highlight its work in the northeast region of India ‘lifting women above the trauma and agony faced in armed conflict by helping them to find ways to heal the scars that decades of violence have caused to the community’. Visit the website at: http://www.womensurvivorsnetwork.org/

The Group for Research and Information on Peace (GRIP) and RAPACODIBU, IANSA members in Belgium and Burundi have published interviews they held with former female combatants in Burundi. They highlight issues around the reintegration of these women, and discuss women’s motivation for joining armed rebel groups and the potential risk that they will return. Read them here

On 16 April, we commemorate the fifth anniversary of the Virginia Tech shooting, when 32 people were murdered on the campus of the university in Blacksburg, Virginia (US) by a student with two semi-automatic handguns.

The ‘Surviving Gun Violence Project’ is inviting contributions for a new report on tools, policies, and programmes for survivors of gun violence. They also welcome first-hand accounts from people who have survived gun violence.

Latest resources

Cate Buchanan of the 'Surviving Gun Violence' project will lead a 'webinar' at 10am (UK time) on 15 March.

The World Health Organisation has released a guide for fieldworkers on how to provide social and psychological support to people affected by disasters, including survivors of conflict situations.

This publication, written by IANSA woman Laura Lyddon, features 16 testimonies acquired by IANSA of women survivors of gun violence from a number of different countries.

Few survivors of Sierra Leone's armed conflict have yet received reparation or compensation, according to a report by UK-based Leonard Cheshire Disability.

‘Survivors’ presents women’s experiences of gun violence in their own words.