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Safe States Alliance Releases NVDRS Stories Report

Friday, January 17, 2014   (0 Comments)
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The Safe States Alliance is pleased to announce the recent release of an exciting new report titled NVDRS: Stories from the Frontlines of Violent Death Surveillance. The report uses a storytelling approach and colorful infographics to demonstrate how the National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS) works and how it benefits the states participating in it.  

Violent Deaths in the United States
According to CDC data, over 50,000 people in the U.S. died as result of homicide or suicide in 2010. Information on these deaths is collected by many entities, including law enforcement agents and medical examiners, but without participation in the NVDRS, data are rarely combined in a systematic way to provide a complete picture of violence.

National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS)

The National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS) is a state-based surveillance system established in 2002 through funding from CDC to collect and link data on violent deaths. Currently, 18 states participate in NVDRS and report data to CDC. The ultimate goal is to expand participation to all states and territories.  

By linking data on violent deaths from multiple sources, the NVDRS gives states and communities a more complete picture of these deaths, including details about victims and suspects, their relationships, important circumstances that contributed to a death, and weapons used. Trends and risk factors identified through the linked data can be used to guide violence prevention efforts and improve policies.  


NVDRS: Stories from the Frontlines of Surveillance profiles six states participating in the NVDRS and highlights the important partnership between state violent death reporting systems and their state and local prevention partners. The profiles highlight innovative ways states have translated the system’s surveillance data into action to inform prevention and policy. Each state profile also presents a typical (not real) story of a violent death to illustrate how each data source provides unique information about the death.  

To access the full report, go to    

For more information on the NVDRS from the Safe States Alliance, contact Kristen Lindemer, or (770) 690-9000, ext 100.

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