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New Jersey Violent Death Reporting System



The New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH), Center for Health Statistics (CHS) received a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to create the New Jersey Violent Death Reporting System (NJVDRS). NJVDRS is a collection of data from a variety of sources on violent deaths (homicides, suicides, unintentional firearm deaths, injury deaths of undetermined intent and deaths by legal intervention). Violent deaths that occur in New Jersey or New Jersey resident violent deaths occurring in other states are both included. In addition to our own data analysis activities, these data will be submitted to the CDC to become part of the National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS), which is expected to eventually involve participation by all 50 states. The goal of NVDRS is to capture information from multiple sources in order to develop a comprehensive understanding of violent deaths. These data will be used to educate public health and public safety professionals with the ultimate goal of reducing violent deaths.

Sources of data include Vital Statistics, medical examiner reports, law enforcement reports, ballistic and crime lab reports and data from the New Jersey State Police. NJVDRS data will be used to produce annual reports on violent deaths in New Jersey, GIS maps of violent death "hot spots," and public use files for researchers. NJVDRS project staff will also evaluate the quality, effectiveness, and sufficiency of the data by consulting with two advisory committees consisting of professionals from law enforcement, forensic science, public health, and other relevant areas. Copies of selected advisory committee presentations will also be made available on this site. CHS’ partner in this project is the Violence Institute of New Jersey at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

NJVDRS General Advisory Board Presentations
June 12, 2003 - Part 1 June 12, 2003 - Part 2
December 10, 2003 - Part 1 December 10, 2003 - Part 2

Related data and reports :
Topics in Health Statistics on Suicide
      Age-adjusted Suicide Rates by County, New Jersey, 1999-2001    

Visit CDC’s National Violent Death Reporting System site


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