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National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) Series RSS

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

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2014
Ackerman, Jeffrey,  Love, Tony P. Ethnic group differences in police notification about intimate partner violence. Violence Against Women. 20, (2), 162-185.
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2014
Addington, Lynn A.,  Rennison, Callie Marie . US National Crime Victimization Survey. Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice. New York, NY: Springer.
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2014
Bunch, Jackson,  Clay-Warner, Jody,  Mcmahon-Howard, Jennifer . The effects of victimization on routine activities. Criminal Justice and Behavior. 41, (5), 574-592.
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2014
Harrell, Erika . Crime Against Persons With Disabilities, 2009-2012. Statistical Tables. NCJ 244525, Washington, DC: United States Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Statistics.
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2014
Harrell, Erika . Crimes Against Persons with Disabilities, 2009-2012 - Statistical Tables. NCJ 244525, Washington, DC: United States Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Statistics.
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2014
James, Katie,  Clay-Warner, Jody,  Bunch, Jackson . Perceived injustice and school violence: An application of General Strain Theory. Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice.
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2014
Kang, Ji Hyon,  Lynch, James P. Calling the police in instances of family violence: Effects of victim-offender relationship and life stages. Crime and Delinquency. 60, (1), 34-59.
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2014
Lauritsen, Janet L.,  Rezey, Maribeth L.,  Heimer, Karen . Violence and economic conditions in the United States, 1973-2011: Gender, race, and ethnicity patterns in the National Crime Victimization Survey. Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice. 30, (1), 7-28.
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2014
Like-Haislip, Toya . Racial and ethnic patterns in criminality and victimization. The Oxford Handbook of Ethnicity, Crime, and Immigration. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
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2014
National Research Council . Estimating the Incidence of Rape and Sexual Assault. Panel on Measuring Rape and Sexual Assault in Bureau of Justice Statistics Household Surveys. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.
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