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Sept 20 -- The Bureau of Justice Statistics, Office of Justice Programs, Department of Justice (DOJ) invites public comments to OMB by October 23, 2021 regarding the extension of the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) through 2024 and to ask all respondents age 16 or older about sexual orientation and gender identity beginning in January 2022.
The BJS National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) is the nation's primary source of information on criminal victimization and is administered to persons 12 years or older living in sampled households located throughout the United States. 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.
The BJS is specifically requesting clearance for the core NCVS from January 2022 through December 2024. The core NCVS includes the administration of the basic screen questionnaire (NCVS-1) and crime incident report (NCVS-2) instruments to a nationally representative sample of persons age 12 or older living in households in the United States, including samples of persons representative of the 22 most populous states in the U.S.

Persons are interviewed on the frequency, characteristics, and consequences of criminal victimization in the United States. The core NCVS survey instrument covers nine general areas: 1) incidence of rape or sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, simple assault, personal larceny, burglary, motor vehicle theft, and other theft; 2) characteristics of these victimizations, including location, time, presence of a weapon, injury, and property/monetary loss; 3) characteristics of victims, including sex, age, race, Hispanic origin, disability, and occupation; 4) relationship between victim and offender; 5) emotional impact of victimization; 6) victim self-defense and bystander intervention; 7) offender characteristics including sex, age, race, and Hispanic origin; 8) reporting to police and police response; and 9) bias- or hate-motivated victimizations.  

In 2022, the NCVS will have two supplements which will remain in the field for six months. The tentative schedule for the administration of these routine supplements is: January – June, 2022, School Crime Supplement (SCS); July – December, 2022, Police-Public Contact Survey (PPCS). BJS does not plan to administer supplements in 2023-2024. During this period, BJS plans to test and introduce a new instrument.   

NCVS webpage: https://bjs.ojp.gov/data-collection/ncvs
NCVS package to OMB: https://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAViewICR?ref_nbr=202109-1121-002 Click IC List for survey forms, View Supporting Statement for technical documentation. Submit comments through this webpage.
FR notice inviting public comments: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2021/09/20/2021-20261/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
For AEA members wishing to submit comments to OMB, "A Primer on How to Respond to Calls for Comment on Federal Data Collections" is available at https://www.aeaweb.org/content/file?id=5806

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