Kansas Violent Death Reporting System

About the Kansas Violent Death Reporting System

The Kansas Violent Death Reporting System (KSVDRS), funded by CDC since 2014, seeks to provide an understanding of violent deaths and guide decisions about efforts to prevent violence and track progress over time. KSVDRS is the only state-based reporting system that compiles data on violent deaths from multiple sources into a usable, anonymous database. 

These sources include state and local medical examiner, coroner, law enforcement and vital statistics records. KSVDRS covers all types of violent deaths including homicides and suicides in all settings and for all age groups. KSVDRS may include data on mental health, recent job stressors, financial hardship, relationship history, physical health challenges and other information about the circumstances of death. 

Such data is far more comprehensive than what is available elsewhere. Combining data in this systematic manner provides many individuals and organizations in the state a more complete picture of when, where and how violent deaths occur.  

Watch this brief video and learn more about this state-based surveillance system.