Since 2002, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has funded select states to collect information on violent deaths as part of the National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS). Violent deaths include homicides, suicides, accidental deaths from firearms, deaths related to terrorism, deaths from legal intervention, and those of undetermined intent. Georgia’s system, named the Georgia Violent Death Reporting System (GVDRS), has been funded since 2003.
GVDRS is part of the national system, NVDRS, that was built upon an earlier pilot system, the National Violent Injury Statistics System (NVISS). Emory University participated in NVISS and collected data on violent deaths in Fulton and DeKalb Counties.
The following data sources are included in the state violent death reporting system:
- Death certificates
- Medical examiner and/or coroner records
- Police records (Supplemental Homicide Reports at a minimum)
- Crime laboratory records
The GVDRS uses the uniform data elements developed by CDC in collaboration with funded states.
- To generate public health surveillance information at the state and local levels that is more detailed, useful, and timely than is currently available.
- To use data to develop, inform, and evaluate violence prevention strategies at both state and local levels.
This brochure provides the reasons for and the goals of the GA-VDRS, the definition of violent deaths, data sources for the GA-VDRS, and results from the most recent five years.