National Crime Surveys: Victim Risk Supplement, 1983 (ICPSR 8316)

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


This special one-time survey was designed to collect data on persons aged 12 and over reporting household victimizations. The supplement, administered over a one-month period as part of the National Crime Survey, gathered data on people's lifestyles in order to determine whether certain lifestyles were related to crime victimization. Five questionnaires used by the Census Bureau for data collection served as the data collection model for this supplement. The first and second questionnaires, VRS-1 and VRS-2, contained basic screen questions and an incident report, respectively. VRS-3, the third questionnaire, was completed for every household member aged 16 or older, and included items specifically designed to determine whether a person's lifestyle at work, home, or during leisure time affected the risk of crime victimization. The interviewers completed the fourth and fifth questionnaires, VRS-4 and VRS-5. They were instructed to answer questions about the respondents' neighborhoods and behavior during the interview.

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  • 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.


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Study Description


United States Department of Justice. Bureau of Justice Statistics. National Crime Surveys: Victim Risk Supplement, 1983 . ICPSR08316-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1999.

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This study was funded by:

  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    crime, criminal justice system, demographic characteristics, households, leisure, living conditions, neighborhoods, quality of life, residential environment, victimization, work environment

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1983

Date of Collection:   

  • 1984-02

Universe:    Individuals aged 12 and over from United States households.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The dataset is hierarchical, containing three levels of information within one file. These three levels of data can be used in combination or independently and are made up of the following types of information: data on the household, data on the persons in the household, and data on the criminal victimizations experienced by members of the household. The hierarchical file has 42,448 records that are broken up as follows: 14,258 household level records, 25,238 person-level records, and 2,952 victimization records. There is one record per case for each of the levels.

The data are provided in a fixed block file. The record lengths of the three levels of data have a uniform length of 470.


Sample:    Stratified multistage cluster sample. For a complete description of the sampling design, see the related publication listed below.

Data Source:

personal interviews from NATIONAL CRIME SURVEYS: NATIONAL SAMPLE, 1973-1983 (ICPSR 7635)


Original ICPSR Release:   1985-12-20

Version History:

  • 1999-02-25 SAS and SPSS data definition statements were added to this collection. Also, the codebook was converted to a PDF file.

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