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Program To Track Violent Deaths Expands


More data on firearm deaths will help improve gun violence prevention.

The National Violent Death Reporting System collects data on violent deaths, including firearm deaths, for use by policy makers, public health agencies, and researchers to inform programs, policies and practices that can prevent future violence. With federal funding, NVDRS collected data from 32 states. New funding approved this year means a major expansion in the program.

The Centers for Disease Control, which houses NVDRS, recently announced the expansion of NVDRS from 32 to 42 states. NVDRS participating states include each state in the Great Lakes region, where the Joyce Foundation works to reduce the toll of gun violence by implementing evidence-based policies.

The Joyce Foundation was one of several funders that helped to create NVDRS. Since its creation, the anonymous data has been used by researchers to identify trends and patterns in violence, and to devise prevention strategies. NVDRS has also shed light on the rate of unintentional firearm fatalities, the role of firearms in gang crimes and the link between firearm access and suicide. Joyce continues to promote NVDRS through grants to the American College of Preventive Medicine to build awareness of the program, and to researchers using the data to inform prevention. 

These states will contribute data from law enforcement, coroners and medical examiners, vital statistics and crime laboratories:

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Mississippi, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Utah, Virginia, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.  

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