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Analyzing Data from the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS)

Heather Brotsos, Chief, Victimization Statistics, BJS; Erika Harrell, PhD, Statistician, BJS; Grace Kena, Statistician, BJS; Rachel Morgan, PhD, Statistician, BJS; Susannah Tapp, PhD, Statistician, BJS; Alexandra Thompson, Statistician, BJS; Jennifer Truman, PhD, Statistician, BJS; Keith Hullenaar, PhD, T32 Fellow, Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center, University of Washington, Seattle, WA; Tara Martin, PhD, Assistant Professor, School of Criminal Justice and Criminology, University of Arkansas at Little Rock

The Bureau of Justice Statistics' (BJS) National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) is the nation's primary source of information on criminal victimization. Each year, data are obtained from a nationally representative sample of about 150,000 household interviews, composed of nearly 240,000 interviews of persons within those households, on the frequency, characteristics, and consequences of criminal victimization in the United States. The NCVS is a rich source of data on the nature of and victim response to crimes reported and not reported to police. The data files include about 1,000 variables on the characteristics of victims and incidents of violent crime (defined as rape or sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, and simple assault) and property crime (which includes burglary/trespassing, motor vehicle theft, and other theft).

This workshop will introduce potential data users to the types of information available through the NCVS, offer an overview of the survey structure and sample design, and provide hands-on training to assist in properly analyzing the NCVS public-use data. Using SPSS, workshop participants will learn how to replicate key estimates published through the annual Criminal Victimization bulletin and available through data tools on https://bjs.ojp.gov.



Date Published: December 9, 2021