OH-VDRS, established in 2009, is a reporting system that collects information from multiple sources in an attempt to better understand the circumstances surrounding violent deaths. OH-VDRS is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and is part of the National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS).
OH-VDRS links information from the data sources listed below to create a comprehensive record of the incident. The data are used to study violence trends, identify risk factors associated with violence, and develop intervention and prevention strategies. The data may also be used to evaluate the effectiveness of existing programs and policies to reduce violence. Collecting these data in one database allows for detailed analysis and provides a basis for the development and evaluation of violence prevention strategies at the state and local levels.
Data collection for Ohio began with violent deaths occurring as of January 1, 2010. Effective September 12, 2012, OH-VDRS was formalized in Ohio Revised Code (refer to ORC 3701.93).
What is Considered a "Violent Death"?
For the purposes of data collection, the CDC considers a “violent” death to include:
- suicide (1,712)*
- homicide (752)*
- legal intervention (40)*
- unintentional firearms (29)*
- terrorism (0)*
- deaths of undetermined intent (196)*
In 2017, there were 2,729 violent deaths in Ohio. More than two-thirds of the violent deaths were suicides while over one-quarter were homicides.
*Number of deaths in 2017; Source: ODH Office of Vital Statistics: OH-VDRS
OH-VDRS links and includes data from the following sources:
- Vital Statistics (including death certificates)
- Coroners and medical examiners
- State and local law enforcement
- Child Fatality Review
- Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System (OARRS)
If you represent coroner or law enforcement and are interested in contributing your data to OH-VDRS, please contact 614-466-2144.
The OH-VDRS Membership represents a broad range of stakeholders including data collectors, researchers and prevention advocates. These partners advise on implementation of OH-VDRS as well as use of the data.
If you are interested in participating on the OH-VDRS Advisory Committee, please contact the OH-VDRS coordinator at 614-644-8816.