Kansas Violent Death Reporting System

About Kansas Violent Death Reporting System

The Kansas Violent Death Reporting System (KsVDRS) is a state-based surveillance system that compiles information on violent deaths from multiple sources into a usable, anonymous database. Combining data in a systematic manner provides a more complete picture of when, where, and how violent deaths occur.

In 2014, suicides accounted for 42,773 and homicides accounted for 16,121 deaths nationwide.(1) Suicide is the second leading cause of death among 10 to 34 year olds.(2) Homicide is the third leading cause of death among children aged 1 to 4 years and people aged 15 to 34 years.(2)

Tragically, 477 people died by suicide in Kansas in 2015.(3) Homicide claimed another 130 lives.(3) Violence is preventable; we can work to reduce these numbers.

The above information is derived solely from death certificates. To inform Kansas prevention and intervention efforts, additional data is needed to accurately piece together various factors surrounding violent deaths. KsVDRS's data sources include:

  • Death certificates
  • Law enforcement reports
  • Coroner reports
  • Toxicology

Contact Us

Jeff Wilhelm
Program Coordinator
Kansas Violent Death Reporting System
Bureau of Health Promotion
Curtis State Office Building
1000 SW Jackson St., Suite 230
Topeka, KS 66612-1274

Email Jeffrey.Wilhelm@ks.gov
Phone 785-296-0351
Fax 785-559-4236


  1. Kochanek KD, Murphy SL, Xu J, and Tejada-Vera, B. Deaths: Final Data for 2014. National Vital Statistics Reports; vol 65 no 4. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. June 30. 2016.  Available at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/products/nvsr.htm. Accessed 16 Sept 2016.
  2. 2016 National Vital Statistics System, National Center for Health Statistics, CDC. National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, CDC using WISQARS™. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/injury/wisqars/pdf/leading_causes_of_death_by_age_group_2014-a.pdf
  3. Oakley D, Crawford G, Savage C. 2015 Kansas Annual Summary of Vital Statistics. Topeka, KS: Kansas Department of Health and Environment, 2016.