New state awardees for the National Violent Death Reporting System have been announced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (NVDRS). The CDC’s $7.5 million contribution will increase NVDRS participation from 18 to 32 states, allowing for greater collection of critical data on violent deaths.
In 2011, more than 39,000 people died by suicide in the United States, while an additional 17,000 died as a result of homicide.
The NVDRS gives states and communities a better understanding of violent deaths, allowing them to make more informed decisions about violence prevention efforts and track progress over time.
It is the only state-based surveillance and reporting system that collects data on violent deaths from multiple sources and compiles it into a usable, anonymous database. State and local medical examiners, coroners, law enforcement, crime labs, and vital statistics records are among the sources.
The CDC is working to improve the NVDRS system by promoting greater functionality and easier data access.
NVDRS switched to a web-based system in 2013, making the data more accessible. These data help to inform the development, implementation, and evaluation of violence prevention strategies, which can save lives.
States that receive NVDRS funding work under a cooperative agreement with the CDC, to whom all violent deaths are voluntarily reported. NVDRS initially funded six states. The CDC received funding in 2009 to expand the system to a total of 18 states. The system’s ultimate goal is to include all 50 states, all U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia.
Illinois has recently been added to the list, and statistics will be available soon. Nobody wants to talk about violent death, but it has to be done. It includes partner homicide, child abuse, suicides, and deaths in the line of duty, as well as gang-related drive-by shootings or robberies.
Life insurance will pay a death benefit for suicide and murder after the contestability period, which is usually two years.
Violence-related deaths are far too common today, with more than six people dying violently every hour. Finding the why through statistics is the most effective way to design and implement prevention efforts.