The Dominican republic is 13th most homicidal country in the world
The WHO states that anything above 10 murders per 100,000 people constitutes an epidemic, while rates above 30 per 100,000 are classed as an armed conflict zone.
The Bahamas comes ahead of Haiti, and behind Trinidad and Tobago.
Trinidad recorded 35.3 murders per 100,000 people, while Haiti recorded 26.6 murders per 100,000 people, the report said.
The report reflects data from 133 countries.
Honduras, which records 103.9 murders per 100,000 people, is ranked number one on the list.
Venezuela is second on the list with 57.6 murders per 100,000 people.
Jamaica is third with 45.1 murders per 100,000 people.
Belize is fourth with 44.7 murders per 100,000 people.
Colombia is fifth with 43. 9 murders per 100,000 people.
El Salvador is sixth with 43.9 murders per 100,000 people.
Guatemala is seventh with 39.9 murders per 100,000 people.
Eighth is Lesotho with 37.5 murders per 100,000 people.
South Africa is ranked ninth with 35.7 murders per 100,000 people
As previously stated, Trinidad and Tobago is 10th, The Bahamas is 11th and Haiti is 12th.
The Dominican Republic is 13th with 25.4 murders per 100,000 people.
Mexico is 14th with 22.0 murders per 100,000 people.
Guyana is 15th with 20.2 murders per 100,000 people.
According to the WHO, the report is the first of its kind to assess national efforts to address interpersonal violence, namely child maltreatment, youth violence, intimate partner and sexual violence, and elder abuse.
The report did not state specifically what efforts are ongoing in The Bahamas. However, it did give a general picture of homicides around the world and their impact.
“Violence shatters lives,” the report said. “Around the world almost half a million people are murdered each year. Beyond these deaths, millions more children, women and men suffer from the far-reaching consequences of violence in our homes, schools and communities. Violence often blights people’s lives for decades, leading to alcohol and drug addiction, depression, suicide, school dropout, unemployment and recurrent relationship difficulties.
“In crisis and conflict-affected countries, violence can hamper recovery and development efforts by exacerbating societal divisions, perpetuating crime and in some cases leading to the recurrence of war.
“…There were an estimated 475,000 deaths in 2012 as a result of homicide. Sixty percent of these were males aged 15–44 years, making homicide the third leading cause of death for males in this age group.”
The reports added that deaths are only a fraction of the health and social burden arising from violence.
Pointing to the WHO report, Dr David Allen, who runs a program aimed at helping victims of crime, on Thursday released a report detailing suggestions to aid in the fight against crime.
The program, “The Family: People Helping People” involves more than 200 people including religious leaders, ex-gang leaders, trained mental health professionals and victims of crime.
Allen stressed that all stakeholders must work together for the greater good.
His list of suggestions include: the imposition of curfews in high crime areas; the creation of mobile police stations; an exchange program among law enforcement officers, and the establishment of a national service for at-risk teens, among other things.
“The fact is we are at war and we cannot allow the exponential increase in murder from 2011 to present to continue,” Allen said. “It must be stopped now.
“…Our time for action is limited. Failure to act now can result in serious consequences for our country and its people.”
Republished with permission of the Nassau Guardian
Source: Caribbean News Now
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