Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2012, $67,926)
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 Virginia Statistical Analysis Center (SAC), located within the Department of Criminal Justice Services Criminal Justice Research Center, will use SJS funds to complete the following activities: continue efforts to collect and submit to BJS data on deaths occurring in the pursuit or process of arrest; conduct research using incident-based reporting data (IRB) to prepare comprehensive, analytical reports to illustrate the advantages of using IRB data in place of summary Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) data; and continue efforts to build on its experience analyzing NIBRS data to develop a system for regularly identifying, tracking, and reporting data on domestic violence incidents. The SAC's findings will be used to inform state officials, policymakers, and practitioners to better understand and identify ways to combat the domestic violence issues and demonstrate how IRB data enhances the quality of analyses.