Stratified multistage cluster sample.
NCVS interviews are conducted with each household member aged 12 or older. In 2006 only household members aged 18 or older were given an SVS interview, following a completed NCVS interview. Eligible persons in the household were given a short set of screening questions, and any persons who met the criteria for stalking were administered the entire SVS.
Victims did not have to self-identify as stalking victims to meet the screening criteria. Neither the title of the survey nor any of the language in the survey use the word, "stalking." Due to the nature in which a victim is stalked, many do not realize they have been stalked until the behavior progresses. As a result, the term, "stalking," was deliberately not used until the final question in which the respondent was asked if he or she considered the series of unwanted contacts or harassing behaviors to be stalking.
household, individual, crime incident
computer-assisted personal interview (CAPI)
computer-assisted telephone interview (CATI)