National Crime Victimization Survey: Stalking Victimization Supplement, 2006 (ICPSR 20080)

Published: Jan 16, 2009

Principal Investigator(s):
United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics


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The Supplemental Victimization Survey (SVS) was designed to measure the prevalence, characteristics, and consequences of nonfatal stalking so that policymakers, academic researchers, practitioners at the federal, state and local levels, and advocates could make informed decisions concerning policies and programs. The SVS asks questions related to victims' experiences of unwanted contact or harassing behavior on two or more occasions during the previous 12 months. The survey provides information about the following dimensions of stalking behavior: relationship of the perpetrator to victim; onset, duration, and desistance; other crimes and injuries committed against the victim in conjunction with stalking; victim response; criminal justice response; and cost to victim. These responses are linked to the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) survey instrument responses for a more complete understanding of the stalking victim's circumstances. The 2006 SVS was a one-time supplement to the annual NCVS to obtain specific information about stalking victimization on a national level. This supplement was sponsored by the Office of Violence Against Women (OVW) in the United States Department of Justice. Since the SVS is a supplement to the NCVS, it is conducted under the authority of Title 42, United States Code, Section 3732. Only Census employees sworn to preserve confidentiality may see the completed questionnaires.

United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics. National Crime Victimization Survey: Stalking Victimization Supplement, 2006. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2009-01-16.

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2006-02 -- 2006-07

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

survey data



2009-01-15 ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Created variable labels and/or value labels.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.

The data contain weights to produce national estimates.


  • The public-use data files in this collection are available for access by the general public. Access does not require affiliation with an ICPSR member institution.

  • The citation of this study may have changed due to the new version control system that has been implemented.
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This dataset is maintained and distributed by the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD), the criminal justice archive within ICPSR. NACJD is primarily sponsored by three agencies within the U.S. Department of Justice: the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.