Violence refers to illegal interpersonal violence, including assaults and homicide. Gun and knife crime, and all criminal activities that result in injury to other people are included, as is domestic violence (violence between married and unmarried couples) and deliberate injury to children and babies by their parents/carers. In societies with low levels of violence, many people are more at risk from their friends and relatives than from criminal gangs.
In 2002 violence caused 2.9% of deaths of adults aged 15 to 59 years.
Global Burden of Disease estimated in 2002 Violence to cause 2.3% of all Male burden of disease.
Violence caused 1.0% of all deaths worldwide in 2002, an average of 90 deaths per million people per year.