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NVDRS Following Nationwide Implementation
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NVDRS Following Nationwide Implementation

A review of the history, successes, and challenges


The National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS) began collecting data on violent deaths from six states in 2002, and provided funding to an increasing number of states up until 2018, at which time NVDRS was expanded to include data collection from all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia. This funding allows states to gather information from multiple sources, including medical examiners, coroners, law enforcement, toxicology, and vital statistics to provide a comprehensive picture of the circumstances of violent deaths in a community or state.

While significant strides have been made to assure resources for national implementation, state health officials have voiced the need for additional resources to fully scale up the system for it to be most effective in prevention efforts. To identify future needs of the NVDRS, Safe States developed the issue brief, NVDRS Following Nationwide Implementation: A review of the history, successes, and challenges. The issue brief explores the strengths of the program from implementation to impact, while addressing areas that may benefit from sustained enhancement efforts.

Safe States encourages members and partners to share the resource with their networks and use it as support for advocacy efforts to increase funding to the NVDRS program.










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