Spotlight on NCVS Data and Resources

The National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) series, previously called the National Crime Survey (NCS), has collected data on personal and household victimization since 1973. 

An ongoing survey of residential addresses, the NCVS is the United States’ primary source of information on the characteristics of criminal victimization and crimes not reported to law enforcement authorities. The NCVS also provides the largest national forum for victims to describe the impact of crime on victims and violent offender characteristics. 

Recently, the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD) released the highly anticipated 2019 NCVS data. These data files can be downloaded directly from our website, and are available for access by the general public.

NCVS data include types of crime, month, time, and locations of crime, relationships between victims and offenders, characteristics of offenders, self-protective actions taken by victims during incidents and the results of those actions, consequences of victimization, types of property lost, whether crime was reported to the police and reasons for reporting/not reporting, and offender use of weapons, drugs, and alcohol. Basic demographic information, such as age, race, gender, and income are also collected to enable the analysis of crime by various sub-population groups.

NACJD has created an NCVS Resource Guide to describe the NCVS data and file structure in detail, as well as to provide information and resources that may be of interest to data users. Please visit the links below to learn more. 


View NACJD’s NCVS Resource Guide 

View NACJD’s NCVS Learning Guide (Replicating Results from the National Crime Victimization Survey)

Visit the Bureau of Justice Statistics’ NCVS Webpage 

Browse the NCVS data series


Oct 29, 2020

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