The mapping of violence involves identifying 'hotspots' of violence, the nature of this violence and its effects. Using the Taback-Coupland method, the Small Arms Survey carried out seven in-country studies to map different forms of violence. The case studies highlight the conditions under which violence can be measured in terms of the total number of killed or otherwise affected, and demonstrate how the method can be used to provide insight into the dynamics of violent events. The pilot studies generated indicators that can be used by policy-makers and project managers to plan and monitor violence-reduction programmes, and by researchers to examine specific matters relating to the causes and consequences of violence.
The Swiss State Secretariat for Education and Research provided a generous grant for these case studies within the framework of the COST Action A25 on European Small Arms and the Perpetuation of Violence http://www.prio.no/projects/a25cost/index.htm.