Center for Violence Prevention Research

Center for Violence Prevention Research

Evidence-Based Violence Prevention: Saving Lives, Preserving Futures Statistics on violence in the U.S.: What can we do?

Violence is one of the most critical, pervasive and devastating challenges facing society today. In 2016, there were nearly 38,000 deaths from gun violence in the United States. Violence can take many forms—from homicide and assault to suicide, and from domestic violence to terrorism—and behind each incident are individual lives shattered, families and communities changed forever, and millions of people asking “What can I do?