Tennessee is receiving federal funding to collect data to help prevent violent deaths.
$1.4 million will go to the state medical examiner’s office. The funding is coming from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The CDC will be gathering critical data on homicide, suicide and other violent deaths through the national violent death reporting system.
We’re one of ten states to get funding for that system.
It helps state and local officials understand where, when, why and how violent deaths occur by linking data from the medical examiner’s office to vital statistics and law enforcement.
Violence is a significant problem in Tennessee. In 2017, more than 1800 people here died as a result of homicide or suicide.