Georgia Violent Death Reporting System (GA-VDRS) is a collaborative project with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS). GA-VDRS is a population-based, public health reporting system that captures information on violent deaths including homicides, suicides, unintentional firearm deaths, deaths from legal intervention, and deaths for which the intent and cause are undetermined. GA-VDRS includes information that provide valuable context about violent deaths such as relationship problems; mental health problems and treatment; toxicology results; and life stressors, such as recent job problems, finances, or physical health problems. Extensive information about the incidents, such as weapons used, characteristics of suspects, and locations where they occurred are also included
These data are assembled by GA-VDRS abstractors from different sources including death certificates, law enforcement records, Coroners and Medical Examiners records, and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) trip reports. GA-VDRS is located within the Division of Epidemiology, Chronic Disease, Health Behaviors, and Injury Epidemiology Section (CHIE) to provide injury and violence prevention programs, researchers, and policymakers with timely information on the victims, suspects, relationships, circumstances, and weapons that are associated with incident of violence that results in fatality.
The GA-VDRS data dashboard includes annual age-adjusted rates on overall violent deaths, suicides, homicides, unintentional firearm, and undetermined intent from calendar year 2016 through the most recent year released. Data are made available at the State, Public Health Districts (PHD), Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Regions, Rural/Non-Rural and County-level level by various demographic groups.
The City of Atlanta dashboard includes number and rates by census tract for homicides, suicides, unintentional firearm, and undetermined intent from calendar year 2016 to current overlaying Health Equity Index, NPU zones and APD areas.
This manual explains how variables are coded with the National Violent Death Reporting System.
Page Last Updated 2/2/2023