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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

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2015
Addington, Lynn A.,  Rennison, Callie Marie . Keeping the barbarians outside the gate? Comparing burglary victimization in gated and non-gated communities. Justice Quarterly. 32, (1), 168-192.
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2015
Ansari, Sami,  He, Ni . Convergence revisited: A multi-definition, multi-method analysis of the UCR and the NCVS crime series (1973-2008). Justice Quarterly. 32, (1), 1-31.
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2015
Bachman, Ronet . We are making progress measuring sexual violence against women. Critical Issues on Violence against Women: International Perspectives and Promising Strategies. New York, NY: Routledge.
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2015
Cohen, Jeffrey W. Criminal justice as a male enterprise. Women in the Criminal Justice System: Tracking the Journey of Females and Crime. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.
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2015
Culp, Richard F.,  Kopp, Phillip M.,  McCoy, Candace . Is Burglary a Crime of Violence? An Analysis of National Data 1998-2007. Final Technical Report. NCJ 248651, .
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2015
Dijk, Jan Van . The case for survey-based comparative measures of crime. European Journal of Criminology. 12, (4), 437-456.
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2015
Harrell, Erika . Crime Against Persons with Disabilities, 2009-2013. Statistical Tables. NCJ 248676, Washington, DC: United States Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Statistics.
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