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Violence in Honduras from 2008 to 2018
  1. Miguel Landa-Blanco1,
  2. Hyunjung Cheon2,
  3. Luis Gerardo Reyes Flores1,
  4. Cassia Spohn2,
  5. Charles Max Katz2
  1. 1 Department of Scientific Research and Communication, Honduras National Police University, Tegucigalpa, Honduras
  2. 2 Center for Violence Prevention and Community Safety, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Arizona State University, Phoenix, Arizona, USA
  1. Correspondence to Hyunjung Cheon, Arizona State University Center for Violence Prevention and Community Safety, Phoenix, AZ 85004-2135, USA; hyunjung.cheon{at}


The current study documents homicide trends in Honduras from 2008 to 2018. Specifically, this study describes demographics of homicide victims and incident profiles (ie, weapons) using homicide data from the Honduras National Police and census data from the National Institute of Statistics. A total of 58 543 homicide incidents were analysed. Results indicated that the homicide rate in Honduras increased from 2008 to 2011 and decreased substantially after 2011. In addition, the male homicide victimisation rate was significantly higher than the female homicide victimisation rate across the entire time period, with the highest rate for males aged 30–44 (233.4 per 100 000 population). Firearms were the weapons used most frequently in homicides (80.3%). Implications of the findings are discussed in light of public safety in Honduras.

  • violence
  • global
  • mortality

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  • Funding This study was funded by US Agency for International Development (

  • Competing interests None declared.

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  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.