This document is designed to communicate the unique capacity of the National Violence Death Reporting System (NVDRS) to link data from vital statistics, medical examiners and coroners, law enforcement, crime laboratories and other sources and provide – for the first time – a more complete understanding of violent deaths in the United States. The NVDRS was established in 2002 through funding from CDC and operates in 18 states, including Colorado. The ultimate goal is to expand NVDRS participation to all U.S. states and territories.
Using a storytelling approach and colorful infographics, this report provides a unique way to communicate how the NVDRS works and how it benefits the states participating in it. The report includes an overview of the NVDRS and six State Profiles.
Though Colorado-specific information is not included in this report, it can help you:
- demonstrate how Colorado's violent death reporting system links data from multiple sources to provide a more complete picture of violent deaths – valuable data that are not typically collected, linked and analyzed without NVDRS participation,
- give examples of how data from state violent death reporting systems can better inform violence prevention efforts at state and local levels, and
- build continued support for Colorado's participation in the NVDRS.