Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Suicides Continue to Lead Homicides in Violent Deaths

CDC Reports 2010 Violent Death Characteristics from 16 States to Guide Prevention Efforts

CDC released data collected about violent deaths in 16 states during 2010 in this week’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Surveillance Summary. The 16 funded states participate in CDC’s National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS) and provide enhanced understanding of violent deaths to make prevention efforts more effective.

Findings show violent deaths from self-inflicted or interpersonal violence disproportionately affected adults younger than 55, males, and certain minority groups. A total of 16,186 deaths from 15,781 fatal incidents were recorded in 2010 in the 16 NVDRS states.

The majority of deaths were suicides followed by homicides and deaths caused by law enforcement using deadly force, deaths of undetermined intent, and unintentional firearm deaths. Relationship problems and interpersonal conflicts, mental health problems, and recent crises frequently preceded violent deaths.

An estimated 55,000 people die annually in the U.S. from violence related-injuries. However, violence is preventable. NVDRS data assist public health authorities in developing, implementing, and evaluating programs that reduce and prevent these deaths at national, state, and local levels.

To contact a violence prevention expert, email injurymedia@cdc.gov.

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