National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS) Data Collection Expands to All 50 States

The following content was released by the Centers for Disease Control on September 4, 2018 and is reprinted here.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is funding new recipients for the National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS). The funding expansion, which amounts to $13 million over four years, will expand NVDRS to all 50 states, Washington D.C., and Puerto Rico.

Newly funded states, including Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Mississippi, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, and Wyoming will now collect state-level data on violent deaths.

This new expansion of NVDRS data collection will enhance CDC’s ability to track trends nationally, as well as inform national prevention efforts. State and federal organizations will be better able to use state-level data to develop prevention and intervention efforts to stop violent deaths and help people live life to their full potential.


NVDRS covers all types of violent deaths – including homicides and suicides – in all settings for all age groups. NVDRS collects information about who dies violently, where victims are killed, when they are killed, and what factors were perceived to contribute to or precipitate the death. NVDRS is the first system to provide detailed information, including brief narratives, on circumstances precipitating violent deaths, to combine information across multiple data sources, and to link multiple deaths that are related to one another (e.g., multiple homicides, suicide clusters, and cases of homicide followed by the suicide of the suspect).


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