The study is based on findings from a continuous survey of a representative sample of housing units across the United States. Approximately 49,000 housing units, inhabited by about 100,000 persons age 12 and over, participated in the survey. Data on characteristics of personal crime victims cover sex, age, race, and ethnicity; marital status; household composition; educational attainment; and residence locality. Statistics on crime characteristics pertain to time of occurrence, place of occurrence, number of offenders, use of weapons, victim self-protection, physical injury to victims of personal crimes of violence, economic loss, and time lost from work. Other data cover victim-offender relationships, offender characteristics in personal crimes of violence, and the reporting of crimes to the police. Appended survey data tables, survey instruments, survey methodology, and estimate of the economic cost of crime to victims and glossary.