more than 57,000 Americans
die violent deaths. In
2010, suicide and homicide were the second
and third leading causes of death for people ages 15-34. Women are killed in domestic violence disputes. Children
die from abuse and neglect. Teens are killed in gang
violence. And, on average, 80 people take their own
lives every day.
The National Violent Death Reporting
System (NVDRS) is a comprehensive, linked reporting
system that collects and centralizes information on homicides
and suicides from a variety of sources, such as medical
examiners and coroners, law enforcement, hospitals, public
health officials and crime labs. Information from NVDRS
provides a better understanding of the circumstances
surrounding violent deaths and helps officials and organizations
put into place effective prevention policies and programs.
NVDRS was created, federal and state public health and law enforcement
officials collected valuable information about violent deaths, but
didn’t combine it into one comprehensive reporting system.
Instead, data was held in a variety of different systems, and
policy-makers lacked the clear picture necessary to develop effective
violence prevention policies.
NVDRS is now able to capture data that
is critical to identifying patterns and developing strategies
to save lives. With a more complete picture of why
violent deaths occur law enforcement and public health
officials can work together more effectively to identify
those at risk and provide effective preventive services.
Housed at the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), NVDRS is
on its way to fulfilling that promise. Thanks to steady
funding and a growing coalition of supporters, the momentum
behind NVDRS is stronger than ever.