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New Jersey Violent Death Reporting System


The New Jersey Violent Death Reporting System was established and is maintained through a cooperative agreement with the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and is housed in the NJDOH Center for Health Statistics (CHS).

What are violent deaths?

Violent deaths are

  • homicides (including child maltreatment/abuse and intimate partner homicides),
  • suicides,
  • deaths by legal intervention (when individuals are killed by law enforcement in the line of duty),
  • unintentional firearm injury deaths, and
  • injury deaths of undetermined intent.

What types of data are gathered?

Data are collected from a variety of sources including

  • death certificates,
  • medical examiner reports,
  • law enforcement reports, and
  • ballistics and crime lab reports.  

All violent deaths occurring in New Jersey and violent deaths of New Jersey residents occurring out-of-state are included.  The system is incident-based, meaning related victims and suspects are grouped into one incident.  If multiple deaths are considered related, they are grouped together if the injuries precipitating the deaths occurred within 24 hours of each other.

How does NJVDRS contribute to the National Violent Death Reporting System?

CHS provides the data described above to CDC's National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS).  The goal of the national system is to develop a comprehensive understanding of violent deaths.  These data are used to inform decision makers and program planners, with the ultimate goal of preventing violent deaths.

Where can I find out more information?

Where can I get injury and violent death data?


CHS’s partner in this project is the Violence Institute of New Jersey at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.