Infographic about National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS)

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L inking Data To Save Lives

How CDC’s NATIONAL VIOLENT DEATH REPORTING SYSTEM data can help prevent violent deaths.

Violence is a major public health problem.

  • In 2017, more than 19,500 people died by homicide
  • In the US, seven people per hour die a violent death
  • In 2017, more than 47,000 people died by suicide

These deaths cost the economy nearly $90 billion in medical care and lost work alone.

The true toll of violent deaths { the burden on the criminal justice system, erosion of entire communities, and the long-term physical, psychological, and emotional consequences on victims and their families } is immeasurable.

Preventing violent deaths starts with knowing the facts

The National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS) is the only state-based reporting system that links information from multiple sources in a usable, anonymous database.

NVDRS brings together data on the who, when, where and how of violent deaths to help us better understand why they occurred.

NVDRS Collects Detailed Information from…

  • Law Enforcement Reports
  • Death Certificates
  • Coroner/Medical Examiner Reports (Including Toxicology Reports)

Data are collected in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia.

What KIND of Data Does NVDRS Collect?

NVDRS covers all types of violent deaths, in all settings, for all age groups. Over 600 data elements are captured, including:

  • Location of injury
  • Characteristics of victim
  • Relationship of victim to suspect
  • Weapons used
  • Toxicology reports
  • Alcohol or substance abuse
  • Mental health problems and treatment
  • Intimate partner violence
  • Physical health problems
  • Relationship problems
  • Problems with job or finances

How Can NVDRS Data be Used to Prevent Violent Deaths?

  • Infrom decistion makers about the magnitude, trends, and characteristics of violent deaths
  • Educate communities about circumstances that contribute to violence
  • Help decision makers and program planners develop and enhance comprehensive violence prevention efforts to maximize benefits.

For more information, including how to access the NVDRS database, visit https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/datasources/nvdrs/index.html

Page last reviewed: September 9, 2019