Why We Need NVDRS
In 2016 alone, more than 64,000 Americans were victims of violent deaths. These deaths include homicide, suicide, domestic violence, abuse and neglect, gang violence, and other causes. In addition to the immense emotional toll these deaths inflicts on families and communities, homicide and suicide cost the U.S. economy $87 billion due to lost work hours and medical expenses.
Better reporting, better data, and better research on violent death are essential to inform, improve and implement effective prevention strategies and save lives.