Illinois Violent Death Reporting System

Violence is a public health problem that affects individuals, families, and communities. 2594 Illinois residents died because of homicide or suicide in 2017 – nearly seven violent deaths a day in Illinois.

To help find ways to prevent violent deaths, it is crucial that we know the facts. Illinois Violent Death Reporting System (IVDRS) links us to the who, what, when, where, how, and why violent deaths occur.

IVDRS is a part of The National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS), the only state-based surveillance (reporting) system that pools unique data elements from multiple sources into a useable, anonymous database. IVDRS covers all types of violent deaths – including homicides and suicides – in all settings for all age groups.

Linking Data to Save Lives

Data sources include death certificates, coroner/medical examiner reports, law enforcement reports, and crime lab reports. IVDRS currently collects data from 17 of the 102 counties in Illinois.

IVDRS regularly publishes data briefs designed to inform violence prevention policy and practice, and participating counties will receive summary reports. IVDRS is also open to sharing analysis results with researchers, policymakers, violence prevention programs, and others for more focused collaborative projects. To discuss the use of IVDRS findings to inform violence prevention, please contact us at or submit a Data Request Form

Violence Surveillance Data 

In 2014, Illinois became one of 32 NVDRS states funded by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). IVDRS is a project of the Injury Prevention and Research Center of Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute at Ann & Robert H Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. IVDRS acts as a bona fide partner of The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), to collect and enter violent data on its behalf.

For more information on IVDRS, please visit Buehler Center for Health Policy and Economics.