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
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
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.