June 28 -- The Bureau of Justice Statistics, Office of Justice Programs, Department of Justice (DOJ) invites public comments by August 27, 2021 regarding the extension of the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) through 2024.
The BJS National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) is the nation's primary source of information on criminal victimization. Policy relevant subjects covered by the NCVS include intimate partner violence, hate crime, workplace violence, injury from victimization, guns and crime, the cost of crime, reporting to police, and crime against vulnerable populations, such as the elderly, juveniles, and persons with disabilities. The NCVS is also a vehicle for the implementation of routine survey supplements that provide detailed information on timely and relevant topics such as identity theft, school crime, and contacts between the police and the public.
Each year, data are obtained from a nationally representative sample of about 240,000 interviews on criminal victimization, involving 160,000 unique persons in about 95,000 households. The estimated annual number of respondents is 124,663. The core NCVS includes the administration of the NCVS-1 (screener) and NVCS-2 (crime incident report) instruments to a nationally representative sample of persons age 12 or older living in households in the United States.
Persons are interviewed on the frequency, characteristics, and consequences of criminal victimization in the United States. The NCVS collects information on nonfatal personal crimes (i.e., rape or sexual assault, robbery, aggravated and simple assault, and personal larceny) and household property crimes (i.e., burglary/trespassing, motor vehicle theft, and other types of theft) both reported and not reported to the police. Survey respondents provide information about themselves (e.g., age, sex, race and Hispanic origin, marital status, education level, and income) and whether they experienced a victimization. For each victimization incident, the NCVS collects information about the offender (e.g., age, race and Hispanic origin, sex, and victim-offender relationship), characteristics of the crime (e.g., time and place of occurrence, use of weapons, nature of the injury, and economic consequences), whether the crime was reported to police, reasons the crime was or was not reported, and victim experiences with the criminal justice system.
NCVS webpage: https://bjs.ojp.gov/data-collection/ncvs
NCVS-1 Basic Screen Questionnaire: https://bjs.ojp.gov/content/pub/pdf/ncvs19_bsq_q3q4.pdf
NCVS-2 Crime Incident Report: https://bjs.ojp.gov/content/pub/pdf/ncvs19_cir_q3q4.pdf
Technical documentation from 2019: https://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAViewDocument?ref_nbr=202104-1121-004
FR notice inviting public comments: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2021/06/28/2021-13729/agency-information-collection-activities-proposed-ecollection-ecomments-requested-extension-of-a
Point of contact: Erika Harrell, Statistician, Bureau of Justice Statistics Erika.Harrell@ojp.usdoj.gov 202-307-0758