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New Jersey Violent Death Report System


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The Center for Health Statistics, Office of Injury Surveillance and Prevention (OISP) was awarded a cooperative agreement with the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to create the New Jersey Violent Death Reporting System, which collects data on violent deaths in New Jersey (suicides, homicides, unintentional firearm deaths, injury deaths of undetermined intent and deaths by legal intervention).

Data is collected from a variety of sources including death certificates, medical examiner reports, law enforcement reports, and ballistics and crime lab reports. Access to these data was obtained by establishing data agreements with the source agencies.

All violent deaths occurring in New Jersey and violent deaths of New Jersey residents occurring out-of-state are included in this reporting system, beginning with January 2003 events. A unique feature of this surveillance system is that it is an incident-based system, grouping related victims and suspects into one incident. If multiple deaths are considered related, they are grouped together if the injuries precipitating the deaths occur within 24 hours of each other.

The New Jersey Violent Death Reporting System (NJVDRS) is also pilot testing the Child Fatality Review module of this surveillance system; and has signed a data agreement with the New Jersey Child Fatality and Near Fatality Review Board to obtain data from their case reviews. As well as conducting its own analyses, OISP transmits these data to CDC's National Violent Death Reporting System, which currently includes seventeen states. The goal of the national system is 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.

NJVDRS will also evaluate the quality, effectiveness, and sufficiency of New Jersey's data by consulting with the projectís advisory board. The board consists of professionals from law enforcement, forensic science, public health, and other relevant areas. Copies of selected advisory board presentations are available on this site.

OISP ís partner in this project is the Violence Institute of New Jersey at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

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Comments or questions? Please feel free to contact OISP.


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