Georgia Violent Death Reporting System

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 (GA-VDRS), has been funded since 2003.

GA-VDRS 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 Georgia violent death reporting system:

  • Death certificates
  • Medical examiner and/or coroner records
  • Police records (Supplemental Homicide Reports at a minimum)
  • Crime laboratory records

The GA-VDRS 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.

Georgia Violent Death Reporting System: "You Matter" Workshop

The Georgia Violent Death Reporting System "You Matter" workshop was held on June 13, 2019 at the Middle Georgia State University, 100 University Parkway, Macon, Georgia 31206. The meeting hosted 63 participants including Coroners, Medical Examiners, Law Enforcement, Public Health Professionals, Nurses and Social Workers. The purpose of the workshop was to facilitate GA-VDRS providers in working together to enhance coroner and law enforcement engagement in the Georgia Violent Death Reporting System.

Workshop Agenda/Presentations
Download this pdf file.Violent Death Reporting System Coding Manual  

This manual explains how variables are coded with the National Violent Death Reporting System.

Download this pdf file.2008-2012 Violent Deaths in Georgia Report  

This report provides the results from five years of data from GA-VDRS. Results are presented for Violent Deaths overall, Homicides, and Suicides. Within each section, you will find information includes age-adjusted rates by year, sex, race/ethnicity, public health district and judicial district, as well as age-specific rates by sex, distribution of weapon type by sex, circumstances, and toxicology results.

Download this pdf file.Georgia Violent Death Reporting System Brochure  

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.

Download this pdf file.2016 Georgia Violent Death Advisory Committee Meeting Presentation  

This presentation was given to the Georgia Violent Death Advisory Committee on January 20, 2016. The results of an analysis of Georgia violent death data from 2008 to 2012 for all violent deaths, homicides, and suicides.


Download this pdf file.2020 GA-VDRS 1st Quarter Newsletter

Reports and Summaries

Download this pdf file.Factsheet: Homicides among Adolescents & Young Adults in Georgia, 2011-2017

Download this pdf file.Factsheet: Suicides among Adolescents & Young Adults in Georgia, 2011-2017

Download this pdf file.Factsheet: Intimate Partner Violence in Georgia, 2013-2017

Download this pdf file.Factsheet: Suicide in Older Adults, Georgia, 2011-2017

Download this pdf file.2011 Surveillance Report: Violent Deaths in Georgia, 2006-2009
Download this pdf file.2006-2009 Suicide Data Summary
Download this pdf file.2006-2009 Homicide Data Summary  

Archived GVDRS Reports and Summaries

Related Sites

National Violent Death Reporting System

Technical Packages for Violence Prevention: Using Evidence-based Strategies in Your Violence Prevention Efforts

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