National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) Series

Investigator(s): Bureau of Justice Statistics

The National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) series was designed to achieve three primary objectives: to develop detailed information about the victims and consequences of crime, to estimate the number and types of crimes not reported to police, and to provide uniform measures of selected types of crime.

All persons in the United States 12 years of age and older were interviewed in each household sampled. Each respondent was asked a series of screen questions to determine if he or she was victimized during the six-month period preceding the first day of the month of the interview. Screen questions cover the following types of crimes, including attempts: rape, robbery, assault, burglary, larceny, and motor vehicle theft.

The data include type of crime; severity of the crime; injuries or losses; time and place of occurrence; medical expenses incurred; number, age, race, and sex of offender(s); and relationship of offender(s) to the victim (stranger, casual acquaintance, relative, etc.). Demographic information on household members includes age, sex, race, education, employment, median family income, marital status, and military history. A stratified multistage cluster sample technique was employed, with the person-level files consisting of a full sample of victims and a 10 percent sample of nonvictims for up to four incidents.

The NCVS data are organized by collection quarter, and six quarters comprise an annual file. For example, for a 1979 file, the four quarters of 1979 are included as well as the first two quarters of 1980.

NACJD has prepared a resource guide on NCVS.

Years Produced: Updated annually

Online Analysis

Data in the Series

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2017
Ansari, Sami,  He, Ni . Explaining the UCR-NCVS convergence: A time series analysis. Asian Journal of Criminology. 12, (1), 39-62.
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2017
Berzofsky, Marcus,  Ewing, Glynis,  DeMichele, Matthew,  Langton, Lynn,  Hyland, Shelley,  Davis, Elizabeth . Police-Public Contact Survey: Assessment and Recommendations for Producing Trend Estimates after 2011 Questionnaire Redesign. Bureau of Justice Statistics Research and Development Series. NCJ 250485, Washington, DC: Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Statistics.
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2017
Cho, Sujung,  Hong, Jun S.,  Espelage, Dorothy L.,  Choi, Kyung-Shick . Applying the lifestyle routine activities theory to understand physical and nonphysical peer victimization. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment and Trauma.
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2017
Edwards Susan L.,  Berzofsky Marcus E.,  Biemer Paul P. Effect of missing data on classification error in panel Surveys. Journal of Official Statistics. 33, (2), 551
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2017
Oreski, Dijana,  Oreski, Stjepan,  Klicek, Bozidar . Effects of dataset characteristics on the performance of feature selection techniques. Applied Soft Computing. 52, 109-119.
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2017
Reaves, Brian A. Police Response to Domestic Violence, 2006-2015. Special Report. NCJ 250180, Washington, DC: United States Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Statistics.
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2017
Rennison, Callie M.,  DeKeseredy, Walter S. Situational contexts of rural violence: A comparison of male and female perpetration. Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice.
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2017
Reyns, Bradford W.,  Randa, Ryan . Victim reporting behaviors following identity theft victimization: Results from the National Crime Victimization Survey. Crime and Delinquency. 63, (7), 814-838.
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