The survivors of gun violence seldom fully recover from their traumatic injuries and experiences, in part because basic services and support systems are not accessible or are sub-standard.

The population of gun violence survivors already numbers tens of millions worldwide, and according to some estimates increases by two million each year.

The book, Gun Violence, Disability and Recovery provides the first global overview of the rights and needs of survivors of gun violence. The collection contains contributions from over 35 gun violence survivors, trauma surgeons, disability rights activists, rehabilitation specialists, violence prevention and reduction experts, development practitioners, as well as gender justice advocates.

Gun Violence, Disability and Recovery documents the many challenges gun violence victims face as they proceed through emergency and hospital care, and then proceed to seek out longer-term rehabilitation and recovery support programmes. It also looks at their return to their home environments, that they may no longer be able to physically navigate. Drawing together a wealth of existing research, as well as interviews with gun violence survivors themselves, the book describes a stark picture of family dependence, social exclusion, emotional and physical hardship, as well as reduced economic prospects for those permanently injured and traumatised from gunshot wounds.

Gun Violence, Disability and Recovery calls for a reassessment of the way survivors of gun violence are treated by the medical and health sectors, as well as societies at large. It finds that governments at every level often fail to respect and fulfil the fundamental rights of survivors to adequate treatment, recovery, and rehabilitation – right down to the basic guarantees of physical access and non-discrimination for people living with disabilities.

José Ramos-Horta, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and former President of Timor-Leste, a survivor of gun violence himself, writes in the volume’s foreword: “Survivors have needs that must be addressed. More than needs, they have rights: the right to the best attainable standards of health, the right to live independently, and the right to participate fully in all aspects of life. These rights have implications for specific services, as well as for the broader social environment in which survivors live.”

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