Iowa is one of 42 states funded by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention to collect data on violent deaths for the National Violent Death Reporting System. Using a variety of source records, the Iowa Violent Death Reporting System (IAVDRS) gathers information on cause of death and contributing circumstances, and enters it into a national database. Community partners and researchers can use the data to contribute to a better understanding of violent deaths and develop strategies to prevent them.
Iowa data collection started for deaths that occurred beginning in calendar year 2015 and beyond. The department gathers reports from death certificates, medical examiner and law enforcement reports to identify circumstances that contribute to these types of violent deaths:
- Deaths resulting from law enforcement intervention
- Unintentional firearm injury deaths
- Deaths of undetermined intent
- Deaths resulting from terrorism