An assessment paper commissioned by the Copenhagen Consensus Centre has revealed that violence between individuals kills 9 times more people than wars, The Guardian reports. It estimates that the costs of all forms of violence is about $9.5 trillion per year, but collective violence only accounts for $167 billion of this total. The majority of the cost is down to domestic violence against women and children, making up $8 trillion of the total figure. The report also highlighted that 75% of homicide victims are men.
Abigail Ruane writes an interesting response to the paper, which includes an explanation of the need to highlight the impact of interpersonal violence on human rights and the enviroment, as well as the economy.