New Release: 2016 NVDRS Surveillance Summary
Findings Highlight Circumstances of Youth SuicidesAccording to the latest data from CDC’s National Violent Death Reporting System that includes information on 41,466 deaths from 32 states in 2016, the majority (62.3%) of deaths were suicides, followed by homicides (24.9%), deaths of undetermined intent (10.8%), legal intervention deaths (1.2%) and unintentional firearm injury deaths (<1.0%). The new data are published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Surveillance for Violent Deaths — National Violent Death Reporting System, 32 States, 2016.
In 2016, NVDRS collected data on 3,655 suicides among youth aged 10–24 years. The majority were male, non-Hispanic white, and aged 18–24 years. Most youth aged 10–17 years died by hanging/strangulation/
Other Key FindingsSuicide rates were highest among males, non-Hispanic American Indian/Alaska Natives, non-Hispanic whites, adults aged 45-64, and men 75 years and older.
Suicides were most frequently preceded by a mental health, intimate partner, substance abuse, physical health problem, or a crisis during the previous or upcoming two weeks.
Homicide rates were highest among males and persons aged less than 1 year and persons aged 15–44 years. Among males, non-Hispanic blacks accounted for the majority of homicides and had the highest rate of any racial/ethnic group.
Homicides were most often precipitated by an argument or conflict, occurred in conjunction with another crime, or for females were related to intimate partner violence. When the relationship between a homicide victim and a suspected perpetrator was known, the suspect was most frequently an acquaintance/friend among males and a current or former intimate partner among females.
NVDRS data are used to monitor the occurrence of violence-related fatal injuries and to assist states and communities in the development, implementation, and evaluation of programs and policies to reduce violent deaths. CDC released a series of technical packages to assist communities and states in identifying approaches and strategies with the best available evidence to prevent violence. The five technical packages include strategies, approaches, and examples of specific programs, practices and policies for preventing the following forms of violence:
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