National Violent Death Reporting System: List of Variables Variables included in NVDRS Version 1:

Incident Information
Incident ID number
Incident status
Incident narrative
Number of nonfatally shot persons in incident
Number of persons, weapons

Person Information
Person type (Victim or Suspect)
Social Security number
Age, date of birth
Race categories
Residential address

Person Information (Victim only)
Death Certificate Variables
Birth place
Veteran status
Marital status
Place of death
Date of death
State of death
Cause of death (text)
Underlying cause of death (ICD10 code)
Multiple condition codes
Autopsy performed
Manner of death
Date, time of injury
Type of location of incident
Injured at work
Injury address
Survival time
Usual occupation, industry

Toxicology Variables (Victim only)
Date, time specimens collected
Alcohol testing
Blood alcohol level
Drug testing
Other drugs

Other Victim Variables
Number of wounds, bullets
Location of wounds
Manner of death
At person`s home
Homeless status
Victim in custody when injured
Intoxication suspected
Death type

Supplementary Homicide Report (SHR)
SHR circumstance
SHR situation
SHR homicide type
SHR justifiable homicide circumstance
SHR victim-suspect relationship

Victim-Suspect Relationship
Victim-Suspect Relationship
Suspect was caretaker of victim
Evidence of ongoing abuse

Weapon Variables
Weapon type

Firearm Variables
Firearm information known
Evidence recovered (gun, bullet, casing)
Firearm type
Make, model
Cartridge specification
Caliber, gauge
Firearm serial number
Firearm stolen
Relationship to gun owner
Gun stored locked; loaded

Poison Variables
Type of poison
Poison code
Patient drug obtained for
Size of pill (mg)
Number of pills (upper, lower bound)
Estimated amount of liquid poison ingested (ml)
Carbon monoxide source, if CO

Weapon-Person Table
(Identifies which weapon killed the victim
and which suspect used the weapon)

Suicide Circumstances

Mental Health Variables
Current depressed mood
Current mental health problem
Treatment for mental illness (current, ever)
Alcohol problem, substance problem
Disclosed intent
History of suicide attempts

Precipitating Circumstance

Physical health problem
Intimate partner problem
Other relationship problem
Job problem
School problem
Financial problem
Recent suicide of friend or family
Other death of friend or family
Recent criminal problem
Other legal problems
Perpetrator of interpersonal violence
Victim of interpersonal violence
Crisis in past 2 wks

Homicide Circumstances
Argument over money/property
Jealousy (lovers` triangle)
Intimate partner violence related
Other argument, abuse, conflict
Drug related
Gang related
Associated with another crime
Type of crime; crime in progress?
Justifiable homicide
Hate crime
Brawl (mutual physical fight)
Terrorist attack
Victim was a bystander
Victim was a police officer on duty
Victim used weapon
Intervener assisting crime victim
Mercy killing

Unintentional Circumstance (Firearm death)

Target shooting
Self-defensive shooting
Celebratory firing
Loading/unloading gun
Cleaning gun
Showing gun to others
Playing with gun

Thought safety was engaged
Thought unloaded: magazine disengaged
Thought gun was unloaded, other
Unintentionally pulled trigger
Bullet ricochet
Gun defect or malfunction
Fired while holstering/unholstering
Dropped gun
Fired while operating safety/lock
Gun mistaken for toy

Child Fatality Review Module:
Incident Variables

Scene investigation by law enforcement; C/ME
Witnesses to incident; child witnesses

Victim Variables
CFR records available on victim

Household Information
Type of residence
New placement
Adults in household (relationship to victim)
Other children in household
Intimate partner violence in household
Substance abuse in household

Primary Caregivers (Information collected on up to two parents or caregivers)
Victim or Suspect in this incident
Relationship to victim
Age, Sex
Legal custody of victim
History of child maltreatment as perpetrator
Previous child death

Supervision at the Time of Incident
Supervisor relationship to victim
Supervisor age, sex
Quality of supervision contributed to child death
Contributory factors

Victim Health Information
Physical illness
Disability (physical, developmental, sensory)
For Child Victims 12 months or younger
Prenatal care
Prenatal drug, alcohol, tobacco use

CPS Contacts
Report ever filed on victim’s household
If so, on whom?
Any report substantiated?
If yes, type: physical, sexual, and/or neglect
Case opened on other children?

Additional Suicide Circumstances
History of inpatient psychiatric treatment
Taking psychiatric medication
Barriers to accessing mental health care

Suspect Information
Suspect identified by name
Arrested as perpetrator in this death
CPS report ever filed on the suspect
Ever charged with prior homicide

Other Prior System Contacts by Victim
Police, Juvenile Justice, Health care system,
Mental Health , Social Services, Welfare,
WIC, Medicaid

Data Sources Used by CFR
C/ME , SS/CPS, Law Enforcement , School, EMS, Medical, Public Health , Mental Health,
Juvenile Justice , Death certificate

CFR Committee Decisions
CFR manner matches official manner of death
CFR manner of death
Action taken to change official manner?
Result of action
Preventable death

Page last reviewed: December 24, 2013