The Connecticut Violent Death Reporting System
Background | Advisory Board and Meetings | Fact Sheets and Publications | Data Requests | Responses to Community Questions
The Connecticut Violent Death Reporting System (CTVDRS) was established in 2014 and is maintained through a cooperative agreement with the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and housed in the Connecticut Department of Public Health Office of Injury Prevention. This standardized database is part of the National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS) developed and funded by the CDC. Currently, NVDRS is implemented in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. The goal of NVDRS is to provide states and communities with a clearer understanding of violent deaths. A thorough understanding of the complex circumstances surrounding these violent deaths will provide useful information in the development of prevention strategies. NVDRS provides insight into the potential points for intervention and ways to evaluate and improve violence prevention efforts.
The CTVDRS is an incident-based, relational database that combines information from multiple sources. Together, these multiple sources provide comprehensive context and answers to the questions (who, what, when, where, and why) leading to violent deaths.
Main data sources include:
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. Violent deaths include:
All violent deaths occurring in Connecticut and violent deaths of Connecticut residents occurring out of state are included in the CTVDRS.
CTVDRS mission statement:
“Our mission is to collect, analyze, and disseminate accurate and comprehensive de-identified, aggregate Information of violent deaths in Connecticut to inform effective and efficient prevention strategies and public policies necessary for public safety and community well-being.”
An advisory board was created at the beginning of the CTVDRS project to facilitate the development and monitor the ongoing progress of the project. The board meets quarterly and focuses on providing technical advice and, when necessary, offering strategic support in data procurement. In addition, the board will assist in the development and articulation of effective violent death prevention strategies including problem identification, policy development, and evaluation.
CTVDRS Responses to Community Questions
1. Q: What is the number of Suicides and Homicides in Connecticut from 2015-2017 where victims had positive marijuana results with the last 30 days?
2. Q: What are the rates of suicide by age group for New Haven and the State of Connecticut for 2017, 2018, and 2019?
3. Q: From Trevor Project: The number of any and all cases regarding the Sexual Orientation response of 1. (Gay), 2. (Lesbian), 3. (Bisexual), or 9. (Unknown) for violent deaths in Connecticut?
4. Q: What is the rate of death by legal intervention in Connecticut from 2015 to 2019 by race/ethnicity?
5. Q: What are the consequences of marijuana use with the comorbidity of mental illness and hospitalizations from marijuana intoxication?