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Florida Violent Death Reporting System

FLVDRS Contact Information

The Florida Violent Death Reporting System (FLVDRS) was established in 2019 through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and is housed in the Florida Department of Health, Division of Community Health Promotion. This state-based surveillance system is part of the National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS) developed and funded by the CDC. NVDRS was created in 2002 and began collecting data from six states. By 2006, 17 states were participating. Today, NVDRS is implemented in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. FLVDRS combines information from Vital Statistics death certificates, medical examiner records, and law enforcement reports to enhance data surveillance of violent deaths and aid in the design and implementation of injury and violence prevention and intervention efforts. Together, these multiple sources provide comprehensive context and answers about the “who, what, when, where, and why” leading to violent deaths.

According to the NVDRS definition, a violent death is a death that results from the intentional use of physical force or power, threatened or actual, against oneself, another person, or a group or community. These include homicide, suicide, unintentional firearm deaths, legal intervention, and deaths with undetermined intent. All violent deaths occurring in Florida and violent deaths of Florida residents occurring out-of-state are included in the FLVDRS.

The goal of FLVDRS is 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 violent deaths in Florida.

What kind of questions could be answered by FLVDRS data? 

  • How many women were killed by intimate partner violence?
  • What life crises are most common in victims of suicide?
  • How often are drugs involved in homicides or suicides?
  • What is the rate of murder-suicides?
  • How many suicides were committed by first responders or military personnel?