Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $80,008)
The State Justice Statistics (SJS) Program is designed to maintain and enhance each state's capacity to address criminal justice issues through collection and analysis of data. The SJS Program provides support to each state to coordinate and conduct statistical activities within the state, conduct research to estimate impacts of legislative and policy changes, and serve as a liaison in assisting BJS to gather data from respondent agencies within their states.
The Massachusetts Statistical Analysis Center (SAC) will use SJS funds to carry out the following activities: (1) analyze state incident-based crime data to gain a deeper and more comprehensive understanding of the prevalence and characteristics of crime in Massachusetts, notably violent crime (murder and non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault) and crime in specific geographical locations; and (2) analyze Provider Sexual Crime Report (PSCR) data to enhance knowledge about sexual assault in the Commonwealth.
Under a previous award, the SAC received funding to produce three reports on the following topics: youth victims of sexual assault; stranger versus known assailant assaults; and differences in sexual assaults committed in various sized cities. The SAC will use the current funds to continue to investigate the nature of sexual assault on these areas, and analyze additional themes such as male victims, assaults on college campuses, and sexual assaults by intimate partners.