Illinois Violent Death Reporting System

The Illinois Violent Death Reporting System (IVDRS) is part of the National Violent Death Reporting System, which pools information about the “who, when, where, and how” of violent deaths to provide a more complete picture and develop insight into “why” they occur. IVDRS increases our knowledge about where violent deaths occur, who is most at risk, the factors that contribute to violent deaths, and trends over time in violent deaths. These data provide the foundation for building successful policies and programs to prevent violence so that all Illinois communities are safe and free from violence and people can live life to their full potential.

Data sources include death certificates, coroner/medical examiner reports, law enforcement reports and crime lab reports. IVDRS currently includes 2005-2010 data from Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Peoria Counties, for which data collection has been supported by the Illinois Department of Public Health. New funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention supports data collection in those counties beginning in 2015 and in additional counties starting in 2016.

Getting Involved with IVDRS

If you work in a coroner’s office or law enforcement agency, please contact Maryann Mason, PhD at to discuss joining IVDRS. Other interested individuals can reach out to their coroner or sheriff to discuss the value of IVDRS.

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 use of IVDRS findings to inform violence prevention, please contact Maryann Mason, PhD at

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Maryann Mason, PhD, Principal Investigator

Karen Sheehan, MD, MPH, IPRC Medical Director

Aleksandra Laboski, BS, Behavioral Research Assistant

Amanda Barkho, BA, Behavioral Research Assistant

Angela Anthony, BA, Behavioral Research Assistant

Antigone Kouvelis, BA, Project Manager

LaShaun Hayes, BA, Operations Manager

Matthew Moy, BA, Project Coordinator

Mauricio Garcia, BS, Behavioral Research Assistant

Ronak Patel, BS, Behavioral Research Assistant

Sana Yousuf, MPH, Epidemiologist

Suzanne McLone, MPH, Senior Epidemiologist


Data Brief: Suicide Rate Rises Among Illinois Youth Ages 10 to 17

Data Brief: Homicides in Chicago Community Areas 2007-2015: Concentrated Risk and Stable Rates

Data Brief: The Role of Alcohol in Homicide: 2015

Data Brief: Intimate Partner Homicides in Illinois: 2005 through 2010

Data Brief: Suicides in Chicago Decline from 2005 to 2015.

Data Brief: Homicides in Chicago: 2005, 2010 and 2015.
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Safe States Alliance Report: NVDRS Stories from the Frontlines

Data Brief: The Illinois Violent Death Reporting System, July 2015.

Data Brief: Circumstances Surrounding Suicide by Age Group, Illinois Violent Death reporting system. Sept 2014.

Data Brief: Alcohol in Victims of Homicide, Illinois Violent Death Reporting System. June 2014.

Community Health Needs Assessment 2013, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. Dec 2013.

Data Brief: Examining Suicides in Illinois, 2005-2008, Illinois Violent Death Reporting System. Dec 2011.

Data Brief: Homicides of School-Aged Children and Adolescents, Illinois Violent Death Reporting System. May 2011.

Report: Gun Violence among School-Age Youth in Chicago, The University of Chicago Crime Lab. Acknowledgement. Mar 2009.

To view the CDC NVDRS Coding Manual: Click here