Actors in casualty recording must gather information about any form of violence that is happening in areas of concern.
Often casualty recording is set up to respond to political necessities and international obligations. It might collect information only on cases that constitute a violation of human rights, or only record victimisation due to a certain type of weapon. Some systems focus exclusively on deaths and injuries due to conflict. Casualty recording structures set up to support victims sometimes fail to consider the processes that have led to the violent event, such as the circumstances in which it occurred, the type of weapon used and the institutional response to the problem. In order to efficiently protect civilians, it is important to understand how different types of violence are interconnected.
COUNTING THE COST: CASUALTY RECORDING PRACTICES AND REALITIES, p. 41