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Ohio Violent Death Reporting System (OH-VDRS) 


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 level.

Data collection for Ohio began with violent deaths occurring as of January 1, 2010 (click here for a 3-year phase-in map). Effective Sept. 12, 2012, the Ohio Violent Death Reporting System was formalized in Ohio Revised Code 3701.93.


OH-VDRS Data Sources

  • Vital Statistics data.
  • Coroner data from the 88 county coroners/medical examiners.
  • State and local law enforcement data.
  • Child Fatality Review data when applicable (younger than 18 years).

If you represent coroner or law enforcement and are interested in contributing your data to OH-VDRS, please contact 614-466-2144.


OH-VDRS Advisory Board

The OH-VDRS Membership represents a broad range of interested parties including data collectors and data stakeholders including 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.


What is Considered a "Violent Death"?

For the purposes of data collection, the CDC considers a “violent” death to include:

  • suicide (1,604)*
  • homicide (644)*
  • legal intervention (36)*
  • unintentional firearms (14)*
  • terrorism (0)*
  • deaths of undetermined intent (185)*

In 2015, there were 2,483 violent deaths in Ohio. Nearly two-thirds of the violent deaths were suicides while approximately one-quarter were homicides. 


Annual Reports 

Ohio Violent Death Reporting System, 2015 Annual Report 

Ohio Violent Death Reporting System, 2014 Annual Report 

Ohio Violent Death Reporting System, 2013 Annual Report

Ohio Violent Death Reporting System, 2012 Annual Report

Ohio Violent Death Reporting System, 2011 Annual Report

Ohio Violent Death Reporting System, 2010 Annual Report (Selected Counties)

Fact Sheets

Intimate Partner Violence and Homicide in Ohio, 2012-2014

Youth Suicide in Ohio, 2012-2014

Suicides in Ohio 

Firearm Deaths in Ohio

Homicides in Ohio

Other Reports

CDC EpiAid on Fentanyl-Related Overdose Deaths

Deaths from Violence: A Look at 18 States (includes Ohio)

NVDRS Stories from the Front Lines of Violent Death Review- Read Ohio's Story

Click here for more data on general violence trends in Ohio.


*Number of deaths in 2015; Source: ODH Office of Vital Statistics: OH-VDRS 

Last Updated 5/7/2018