The South Carolina Violent Death Reporting System
The South Carolina Violent Death Reporting System (SCVDRS) collects violent death data in South Carolina as part of the National Violent Death Reporting System. Nationally, there are approximately 50,000 violent deaths; between 900 and 1,000 of these deaths occur in South Carolina. Data from death certificates, coroner reports, law enforcement, and child fatality review records is collected to answer the critical questions of when, where, and how violent deaths occur. In September 2002, South Carolina was chosen as one of the first pilot states to receive funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC). The goals of the grant are:
- To produce violent death data products appropriate for setting priorities and guiding prevention policies and activities that will be supplied to key stakeholders within the state, at CDC and nationally:
- To link records on violent deaths that describe detail circumstances which may have contributed to a violent death.
The partnership between DHEC, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED), South Carolina Coroner’s Association, South Carolina Child Fatality Advisory Committee, and the South Carolina Budget and Control Board’s Office of Research and Statistics continue to strengthen surrounding data collection, linkage and evaluation of violent death information.
For additional information contact:
Keisha Adams, Program Coordinator, 803-545-4387