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The North Carolina Violent Death Reporting System (NC-VDRS)

The North Carolina Violent Death Reporting System (NC-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 policymakers 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 NC-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 on violent deaths to not only understand the “who, when, where, and how” but also “why” these deaths occurred. The NC-VDRS began collecting data in January 2004.

The NC-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). Today, all 50 states and two territories (Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia) are funded to collect data for the NVDRS. More information on the NVDRS is available at:


Scott Proescholdbell, NC-VDRS Principal Investigator

Tammy Norwood, NC-VBRS Program Manager