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State of Alaska

Alaska Violent Death Reporting System (AKVDRS)

Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Public Health, Epidemiology, Injury Surveillance
The Alaska Violent Death Reporting System (AKVDRS) is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's state-based National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS). The AKVDRS has collected information since 2003. It uses a standardize procedure in which information on all Alaska resident and occurrent violent deaths are captured in a relational database. Violent deaths captured include suicide (or self-harm), homicide, legal intervention, unintentional firearm injury, deaths due to undetermined intent, and deaths resulting from acts of terrorism. Key unique documents and reports are accessed and abstracted for each case and includes death certificate, medical examiner records, and law enforcement reports. Supplemental information includes court records and medical records. Data are analyzed using the abstractor's assigned manner of death per CDC guidelines. Information generated by the system is critical for quantifying and tracking the public health burden associated with violence and identifying interventions to reduce this burden.

Topics:

Demographics including age, sex, race, region of residence, injury location
Manner of Death
Characteristics of Violent Death including-
  • Circumstances
  • Environmental Factors
  • Mental Health Circumstances
  • Life Stressors
  • Relationship between perpetrator and victim
  • Registry
    Violent Deaths
    As recorded on death certificates, medical examiner records, and law enforcement reports.
    Violent deaths
    Age, sex, race, ethnicity
    Violent deaths in Alaska
    Summarized annually or custom time periods
    Review of death certificates, medical examiner records, and law enforcement reports
    Mandatory reporting
    All violent deaths
    It uses a standardize procedure in which information on all Alaska resident and occurrent violent deaths are captured in a relational database. Violent deaths captured include suicide (or self-harm), homicide, legal intervention, unintentional firearm injury, deaths due to undetermined intent, and deaths resulting from acts of terrorism. Key unique documents and reports are accessed and abstracted for each case and includes death certificate, medical examiner records, and law enforcement reports. Supplemental information includes court records and medical records. Data are analyzed using the abstractor's assigned manner of death per CDC guidelines. Information generated by the system is critical for quantifying and tracking the public health burden associated with violence and identifying interventions to reduce this burden.
    Availability, completeness, and timeliness are depended on investigation and adjudication processes and information included in reports. Toxicology data are not routinely available alcohol and drug categories. Protective factor data (i.e., circumstances and environmental factors that may reduce the risk for violent death) are available but limited. See CDC NVDRS Home Page for more information on abstracted elements.
    For data requests that cannot be satisfied through the available links or to learn how to obtain copies of the AKVDRS data, contact the AKVDRS Principal Investigator at deborah.hull-jilly@alaska.gov or call (907) 269-8078 or go to the Section of Epidemiology Confidentiality Policies and procedures and Data Request Protocol at http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Epi/Pages/confidentiality/default.aspx.
    Deborah Hull-Jilly, MPH
    Principal Investigator / Epidemiologist
    Deborah.Hull-Jilly@alaska.gov
    (907) 269-8078
    AKVDRS Program
    Injury Surveillance
    Section of Epidemiology
    Division of Public Health
    Alaska Department of Health and Social Services
    3601 C Street, Suite 540
    Anchorage, Alaska 99503

    The information provided above is from the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services' Center for Health Data and Statistics, Alaska Indicator-Based Information System for Public Health (Ak-IBIS) web site (http://ibis.dhss.alaska.gov). The information published on this website may be reproduced without permission. Please use the following citation: " Retrieved Tue, 17 September 2019 from Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Center for Health Data and Statistics, Alaska Indicator-Based Information System for Public Health web site: http://ibis.dhss.alaska.gov ".

    Content updated: Tue, 10 Jan 2017 15:09:57 AKST
    The information provided above is from the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services' Center for Health Data and Statistics AK-IBIS web site (http://ibis.dhss.alaska.gov/). The information published on this website may be reproduced without permission. Please use the following citation: " Retrieved Tue, 17 September 2019 18:47:35 from Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Center for Health Data and Statistics, Indicator-Based Information System for Public Health Web site: http://ibis.dhss.alaska.gov/ ".

    Content updated: Tue, 10 Jan 2017 15:09:57 AKST