The purpose of the study was to provide data for a sample of serious assaults in three cities: Miami, Florida, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and St. Louis, Missouri.
Working from a common coding scheme, the data were extracted from police offense reports by independent research teams working in each city. The data include detailed information about the incident (Part 1) and participants (Parts 2-9) for a sample of incidents occurring over a specified time range in each city. The data for Miami are from 327 incidents occurring from years 1996-1997 while those from Pittsburgh (524 incidents) are from 1994-1996 and those from St. Louis (504 incidents) are from years 1995-1996. The data include a sample of serious assaults that was stratified to over-represent females among victims and offenders.
Data are available for 1,355 unique incidents (Part 1), of which 327 incidents took place in Miami, 504 in St. Louis, and 524 in Pittsburgh. The other parts are broken down into data about the 1,273 suspects (Part 5), 1,857 victims (Part 2) and 503 witnesses (Part 9) associated with those incidents. The Victim's Relationship with Suspect Data (Part 3) contain information on 1,743 victim/suspect relationships. The Witness Relationship with Victim Data (Part 4) contain information on 332 witness/victim relationships. The Witness Relationship with Suspect Data (Part 8) contain information on 262 witness/suspect relationships. The Suspect Charge-Arrest Data (Part 6) contain information on 611 arrests. The Suspect Charge-Warrant Data (Part 7) contain information on 661 arrest warrants.
All police offense reports on serious assaults in Miami, Florida (1996-1997), Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (1994-1996), and St. Louis, Missouri (1995-1996)
Parts 2-9: Individual
Part 1: Incident
Police offense reports in Miami, Florida, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and St. Louis, Missouri
administrative records data
Variables in the data include attributes of victims and offenders, as well as various features describing the assault. The latter include weapon involvement, relationship between offender and victim, precipitating circumstances, and drug and gang involvement in incident. The data also include geographic information for both the locations of the incidents and residences of victims and offenders. More specifically:
- Part 1 contains 37 variables describing various aspects of the sampled incidents. These include location, information about the weapon used, circumstances surrounding the incident, and the number and gender of suspects and victims.
- Part 2 contains 29 variables describing attributes of all victims in the sampled incidents. These include type of crime, victim gender, age, marital status, race and ethnicity, location of victim's residence, previous victimization, and conduct towards police.
- Part 3 contains 5 variables describing the relationship between the victim and the suspect.
- Part 4 contains 5 variables describing the relationship between the victim and the witness.
- Part 5 contains 26 variables describing attributes of all identified suspects in sampled incidents. These include gender, age, occupation, race and ethnicity, a physical description of the suspect, warrant status and conduct towards police, and prior victimization of the suspect
- Part 6 includes 5 variables describing charges against each suspect in arrest. These include the specific charges and the number of counts against the suspect.
- Part 7 includes 5 variables describing charges against each suspect in warrant. These include the specific charges and the number of counts against the suspect.
- Part 8 includes 5 variables describing the relationships among witnesses and suspects.
- Part 9 includes 15 variables describing attributes of all witnesses in the sampled incidents. These include age, race, gender, occupation, marital status, location of residence, and whether the witness was injured.