The North Carolina Violent Death Reporting System (N.C. VDRS) is a public health, population-based surveillance system that contains detailed information on deaths that result from violence. It is operated by the North Carolina Division of Public Health’s Injury and Violence Prevention Branch to provide injury and violence prevention specialists and policy-makers with timely information on the victims, suspects, relationships, circumstances, and weapons that are associated with every incident of violence that results in a fatality in North Carolina. The N.C. VDRS is an incident-based, relational database that combines information from multiple sources, such as death certificates, medical examiner reports, and incident reports from law enforcement agencies. The N.C. VDRS began collecting data in January 2004.
The N.C. VDRS is part of a larger, national system that is being developed by the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In 2002, Congress appropriated $1.5 million to create the National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS) to implement a nationwide surveillance system on deaths from violence. NVDRS is built on the knowledge gained from a firearm reporting system that was developed at the University of Wisconsin and the National Violent Injury Statistics System (NVISS, operated by the Harvard Injury Control Research Center). Participation in NVDRS is through competitive cooperative agreements. North Carolina was awarded funding in August 2003. As of 2006, 17 states submit data to the NVDRS. The goal is to have all 50 states and U.S. territories contribute their data.
Scott Proescholdbell, N.C. VDRS Principal Investigator