The purpose of this project was to estimate long-term trends in violent victimization by gender and various socio-demographic factors. These factors included race and ethnicity, age, type of place (urban, suburban, rural), socio-economic status, marital status (for
adults), and family status (for juveniles). The researchers also further disaggregated these violent victimization trends by victim-offender relationship to reveal trends in
violence committed by strangers, intimate partners, and known/non-intimate offenders.
To estimate the long-term trends in violent crime by gender and other socio-demographic correlates, the researchers used data from the National Crime Survey (NCS) and its successor, the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS). These rates were estimated using the public-use data files that are available through the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data at the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR). The victimization rates for each year from 1973 to 2005 were estimated by using information available in the incident and person-level files, resulting in 33 years of data. For many of the NCVS rates, the researchers were able to rely on the concatenated incident-level file to produce the sample weighted incident counts. However, estimation of some of the rates required the use of annual incident-level and person-level files. More specifically,
the researchers used annual incident files for the estimates for the 1970s, and used annual person-level files to create the denominators for all years. Violent victimization rates were defined to include attempted and completed crimes of rape, robbery, aggravated assault and simple assault.
The National Crime Survey/National Crime Victimization Survey uses a stratified, multi-stage cluster sampling design developed by the Census Bureau to be representative of persons ages 12 and older living in housing units in the United States.
All individuals in the United States ages 12 and older between the years 1973 to 2005.
NATIONAL CRIME VICTIMIZATION SURVEY, 1992-2005: CONCATENATED INCIDENT-LEVEL FILES [ICPSR 4699]
NATIONAL CRIME SURVEYS: NATIONAL SAMPLE, 1986-1992 [NEAR-TERM DATA] [ICPSR 8864]
NATIONAL CRIME SURVEYS: NATIONAL SAMPLE, 1973-1983 [ICPSR 7635]
NATIONAL CRIME VICTIMIZATION SURVEY, 1992-2003 [ICPSR 3995]
NATIONAL CRIME VICTIMIZATION SURVEY, 2005 [ICPSR 4451]
NATIONAL CRIME SURVEYS: NATIONAL SAMPLE, 1979-1987 [REVISED QUESTIONAIRE] [ICPSR 8608]
NATIONAL CRIME VICTIMIZATION SURVEY, 2004 [ICPSR 4276]
computer-assisted telephone interview (CATI)
paper and pencil interview (PAPI)
The study contains 176 total variables including the year, 135 violent victimization rate variables, and 40 population variables. The 135 violent victimization rate variables include victimization rates of females and males across various socio-demographic subgroups and by victim-offender relationship. Specifically, variable groups include gender, race/ethnicity by gender, age by gender, type of place by gender, household poverty status by gender, marital status by gender (adults), and household type by gender (youths).