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National Violent Death Reporting System

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The National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS) Coding Manual
State health departments use the NVDRS Coding Manual for defining cases, entering data, and checking data once they are entered. The coding manual contains information about individual variables and the way the data are structured. It should be used in conjunction with the guidance provided at training sessions and in the NVDRS Software Manual. The coding manual should be kept at hand when entering or checking data, both in the office or in the field. Other material related to setting up a state violent death reporting system can be found in the NVDRS Implementation Manual.

For further information on the coding manual, contact the NVDRS team at

  • NVDRS Overview [PDF 661KB]
    Linking Data to Save Lives describes how the National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS) helps CDC monitor and track deaths related to violence. It also provides information on the benefits and challenges of NVDRS, examples of program highlights, and next steps.
  • NVDRS Timeline [PDF 293KB]
    The NVDRS Timeline provides a summary of key milestones in the development and operation of CDC’s National Violent Death Reporting System.
  • NVDRS Implementation Manual [PDF 1.83MB]
    The NVDRS Implementation Manual is a training tool for public or private agencies who want to implement a violent death reporting system in their jurisdictions. The manual provides helpful information on what types of data to collect, where to collect them, and how to work best with data providers.

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