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National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) Series

Investigator(s): Bureau of Justice Statistics

The National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) series was designed to achieve three primary objectives: to develop detailed information about the victims and consequences of crime, to estimate the number and types of crimes not reported to police, and to provide uniform measures of selected types of crime.

All persons in the United States 12 years of age and older were interviewed in each household sampled. Each respondent was asked a series of screen questions to determine if he or she was victimized during the six-month period preceding the first day of the month of the interview. Screen questions cover the following types of crimes, including attempts: rape, robbery, assault, burglary, larceny, and motor vehicle theft.

The data include type of crime; severity of the crime; injuries or losses; time and place of occurrence; medical expenses incurred; number, age, race, and sex of offender(s); and relationship of offender(s) to the victim (stranger, casual acquaintance, relative, etc.). Demographic information on household members includes age, sex, race, education, employment, median family income, marital status, and military history. A stratified multistage cluster sample technique was employed, with the person-level files consisting of a full sample of victims and a 10 percent sample of nonvictims for up to four incidents.

The NCVS data are organized by collection quarter, and six quarters comprise an annual file. For example, for a 1979 file, the four quarters of 1979 are included as well as the first two quarters of 1980.

NACJD has prepared a resource guide on NCVS.

Years Produced: Updated annually

Data in the Series

Study
National Crime Victimization Survey: School Crime Supplement, 2007
National Crime Victimization Survey: School Crime Supplement, 2015
National Crime Victimization Survey, 2001 [Record-Type Files]
National Crime Victimization Survey, 2000 [Record-Type Files]
National Crime Victimization Survey, 1999 [Record-Type Files]
National Crime Victimization Survey, 1998 [Record-Type Files]
National Crime Victimization Survey, 1997 [Record-Type Files]
National Crime Victimization Survey, 2011
National Crime Victimization Survey, 1996 [Record-Type Files]
National Crime Victimization Survey, 2008 [Record-Type Files]
National Crime Victimization Survey, 1995 [Record-Type Files]
National Crime Victimization Survey, 1994 [Record-Type Files]
National Crime Victimization Survey, 1993 [Record-Type Files]
National Crime Victimization Survey, 1992 [Record-Type Files]
National Crime Victimization Survey: School Crime Supplement, 2001
Police-Public Contact Survey, 2008
Adjusting the National Crime Victimization Survey's Estimates of Rape and Domestic Violence for Gag Factors, 1986-1990
National Crime Victimization Survey, 2006 [Record-Type Files]
National Crime Victimization Survey: School Crime Supplement, 2013
National Crime Victimization Survey, 2007 [Collection Year Record-Type Files]
National Crime Victimization Survey: School Crime Supplement, 2009
Police-Public Contact Survey, 2015
National Crime Victimization Survey, 2014
National Crime Victimization Survey, Concatenated File, 1992-2014
National Crime Victimization Survey: Identity Theft Supplement, 2012
Police-Public Contact Survey, 2002 [United States]
Police-Public Contact Survey, 2005 [United States]
National Crime Victimization Survey, 2007 [Record-Type Files]
National Crime Victimization Survey: School Crime Supplement, 2011
National Crime Victimization Survey Longitudinal File, 1995-1999
National Crime Victimization Survey: School Crime Supplement, 1999
National Crime Victimization Survey: Unbounded Data, 2006 [Record-Type Files]
National Crime Victimization Survey: Unbounded Data, 2005 [Record-Type Files]
National Crime Victimization Survey: Identity Theft Supplement, 2014
National Crime Victimization Survey: School Crime Supplement, 2005
Police-Public Contact Survey, 1999: [United States]
National Crime Victimization Survey: School Crime Supplement, 1995
National Crime Victimization Survey: School Crime Supplement, 2003
National Crime Victimization Survey, 2012
National Crime Victimization Survey, 2005 [Record-Type Files]
National Crime Victimization Survey, 1992-2005: Concatenated Incident-Level Files
National Crime Victimization Survey: Concatenated Files, 1992-2012
National Crime Victimization Survey: Unbounded Data, 1999
National Crime Victimization Survey, 2013
National Crime Victimization Survey, 2016
National Crime Victimization Survey: Unbounded Data, 2000
National Crime Victimization Survey, Concatenated File, 1992-2013
National Crime Victimization Survey: Unbounded Data, 2001
National Crime Victimization Survey: Unbounded Data, 2002
National Crime Victimization Survey: MSA Data, 1979-2004
National Crime Victimization Survey: Unbounded Data, 2003
National Crime Victimization Survey, 2015
National Crime Victimization Survey: Unbounded Data, 2004
National Crime Victimization Survey, 2010
National Crime Victimization Survey, Concatenated File, [United States], 1992-2016
Police-Public Contact Survey, 2011
Protective Behaviors of Student Victims of Bullying: A Rare Events Analysis of the 2009 School Crime Supplement to the National Crime Victimization Survey
National Crime Victimization Survey, Concatenated File, 1992-2015
National Crime Victimization Survey: Stalking Victimization Supplement, 2006
National Crime Victimization Survey, 2004 [Record-Type Files]
National Crime Victimization Survey: Workplace Risk Supplement, 2002
National Crime Victimization Survey, 2008 [Collection Year Record-Type Files]
National Crime Victimization Survey, 2003 [Record-Type Files]
National Crime Victimization Survey, 2002 [Record-Type Files]
National Crime Victimization Survey: Identity Theft Supplement, 2008
National Crime Victimization Survey, 2009