Each year, about 56,000 violent deaths occur in this country. Violence-related death and injuries cost the United States $107 billion in medical care and lost productivity.
Tragically, more than 39,000 people die by suicide in the United States each year. Homicide claims nearly 17,000 people in this country annually. We know these numbers can be reduced. Vermont is participating with Maine on combined incidence reporting, and is one of 32 states participating in CDC’s National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS), a state-based surveillance system that pools information about the “who, when, where, and how” of Homicides (includes Domestic Violence-child mal-treatment and intimate partner) Suicides (includes Overdose) Undetermined Manner and Firearm Deaths to provide insights on “why” they occur.
All cases are de-identified and no identifiable cases are revealed in the data. The information will ultimately be used to inform state and local prevention efforts. These data provide the foundation for building successful strategies for preventing violence so that all communities are safe and free from violence and people can live life to their full potential.