National Suicide Prevention Week

Gov. Chris Christie declared September 10-16, 2017 “Suicide Prevention Week in New Jersey” in a proclamation that was read at the start of the DHS, DMHAS and DCF, DFCP jointly sponsored National Suicide Prevention Week event.  The event’s theme, “Take a Minute, Change a Life” highlighted contributions from researchers, clinicians, and members of communities throughout the state with lived experience.  NJVDRS data on suicide trends and circumstances were featured at the beginning of the program.  For more information on the agenda for this presentation, please visit the DMHAS event webpage

If you need someone to talk to, the NJ HOPELINE is there to help.  Dial 1-855-NJ-HOPELINE (654-6735), or email/text to  24 hours, 7 days.

New Jersey Violent Death Reporting System (NJVDRS)

The New Jersey Violent Death Reporting System (NJVDRS) was established and is maintained at the NJDOH Center for Health Statistics and Informatics (CHS) through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This surveillance system links data from multiple sources into a single standardized record of a violent death.

Which deaths are included in the New Jersey Violent Death Reporting System?

A violent death is defined as a death that results from the intentional use of physical force or power, threatened or actual, against oneself, another person, or a group or community.  NJVDRS includes:

  • homicides
  • suicides
  • deaths resulting from legal intervention (i.e., when individuals are killed by law enforcement personnel in the line of duty)
  • unintentional firearm injury deaths
  • injury deaths of undetermined intent
What types of data are gathered?

The NJVDRS collects data from a variety of sources, including:

  • death certificates
  • medical examiner reports
  • law enforcement reports
  • toxicology and ballistics reports

All violent deaths occurring in New Jersey are included, as are violent deaths of New Jersey residents that occur out-of-state. The system is incident-based, and related victims and suspects are grouped into one incident. NJVDRS staff abstract and code incidents using CDC standard variable definitions to allow for comparable data analysis across multiple participating states.

Last Reviewed: 9/13/2017