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Welcome to the KVDRS Website!

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are currently building a national surveillance system entitled the National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS) to merge uniform violent death data from all states.  Kentucky is one of 18 NVDRS states.  Click this link to view map.

The Kentucky Violent Death Reporting System (KVDRS) addresses the need for accurate surveillance and data analysis by combining data from death certificates, coroner/medical examiner reports, police reports, crime laboratory reports, toxicology reports, and child fatality review team reports.  Click the following link to view the KVDRS data flow chart.

By carefully examining the data, we learn who, what, when, where, and why these events occur. Populations may then be identified and targeted for interventions.

Special Thanks To:

Kentucky Department for Public Health, Kentucky Coroners, Kentucky Medical Examiners, Kentucky State Police, KSP Criminal Identification and Records Branch, KSP Forensic Crime Laboratories, Toxicology Laboratory, Child Fatality Review Teams, and The Department of Criminal Justice Training.

This project is supported by cooperative agreement number 424128 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the CDC.

KVDRS Selected Publications

Coroners Investigative Reporting System logo.

Additional Resources

KVDRS Funding

Annual Report

Report submitted to the United States Congress by the National Violence Prevention Network.

To obtain additional copies of the Annual Report or the Multi-State Report contact:

Margaret Melissa Brown
KVDRS, College of Pubic Health
University of Kentucky
111 Washington Avenue
Lexington, KY 40535-0003
(859) 323-8591