Sending Office: Honorable Mike Quigley
Request for Signature(s)
Support the National Violent Death Reporting System in FY19
DEADLINE: COB, MARCH 8, 2018
Current cosigners: (11) Reps. Cohen, Langevin, Lynch, Davis, Tsongas, Napolitano, Walz, Lipinski, D. Davis, Holmes-Norton, Engel
***This is a programmatic request***
Please join me in a letter to the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee requesting $23.5 million for the National Violent Death Reporting System within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention budget for FY 2019.
The National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS) tracks deaths caused by child abuse, domestic abuse, suicide, and homicide which enables states to develop effective strategies to address root causes and implement strategies for prevention.
The current budget for NVDRS only provides for 42 states to track data on violent deaths, despite the successful application of six more that were denied due to insufficient funding. With a $7.5 million dollar increase, we can expand this critical program
to the remaining eight states.
The text of the letter is below. If you would like to sign on, please fill out this form. The
deadline is the close of business on Thursday, March 8, 2018. For more information, please contact Eleni Angelides at
firstname.lastname@example.org and CC Brooke Stuedell at email@example.com or call my office at 5-4061.
Member of Congress
March XX, 2018
Dear Chairman Cole and Ranking Member DeLauro:
As you begin work on the fiscal year 2019 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill, we request $23.5 million for the National Violent Death Reporting System within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
budget for fiscal year (FY) 2019.Dear Chairman Cole and Ranking Member DeLauro:
The National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS) is state-based system that centralizes information from a variety of state and local agencies and sources such as law enforcement, medical examiners, crime labs, and death certificates to provide a more
comprehensive picture of the circumstances surrounding violent deaths. The system tracks deaths caused by child abuse, domestic abuse, suicide, and homicide which enables states to develop effective strategies to address root causes and implement strategies
for prevention. Furthermore, the NVDRS allows the public health research community to access a rich data set that can be analyzed to study the circumstances that lead to violent deaths in our communities.
For example, in North Carolina, NVDRS data showed that women were seven times more likely than men to be killed by a spouse, ex-spouse, or lover. Knowing the profiles of these victims and suspects can lead to appropriate interventions for prevention of intimate
partner violence. Each year more than 57,000 Americans die violently. And due to the lack of comprehensive national data, estimates like the example above
are based solely on information obtained from states currently funded to participate in the NVDRS.
In fact, the current NVDRS budget provides enough resources for only 42 states to track data on violent deaths;another 2 states have successfully applied
for grants but received no money due to insufficient funding. With a $7.5 million dollar increase in FY19 NVDRS budget, we can expand this critical program to the remaining eight states. Data
collected through NVDRS has led to effective programs in participating states all across the country, which have reduced suicide rates and other instances of violent deaths.
Given these positive results, additional funding is warranted and would allow all states to design and implement targeted violent-death prevention programs.
We believe that the NVDRS is a cost-effective and integral component to the long-term success of local efforts to better understand and ultimately reduce violent deaths in our communities.
Thank you in advance for your thoughtful attention to this matter.
Member of Congress
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