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National Crime Victimization Survey 50th Anniversary Commemorative Event

NCVS 50 Year Anniversary

On September 27, 2023, the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) hosted a 50th anniversary celebration of its National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) in Washington, DC.

Moderated by Kevin Scott, BJS Principal Deputy Director and agency acting head, the morning session was held in the Great Hall at the Department of Justice. It featured remarks from honored guests including Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta, Assistant Attorney General Amy Solomon, and Census Bureau Director Rob Santos. An esteemed panel, including Office of Justice Programs and other federal leaders, and nationally recognized criminal justice researchers, shared a rich exchange on the importance of the NCVS in informing criminal justice policies and programs, the relevance of the NCVS in the federal statistical system, research using the NCVS, and past, present, and future uses of the survey.

The afternoon session, held in the Main Conference Room at the Office of Justice Programs, involved leading practitioners and researchers, along with BJS subject matter experts. The two panels engaged questions from audience members, discussed innovations to the NCVS over the decades, reflected on insights from the survey on crime and victimization, and shared some of the outcomes of research using the NCVS on critical topics. Students selected through the NCVS Spotlight Challenge also shared their presentations.

BJS was pleased to welcome so many special guests in person and virtually, including former BJS leadership and colleagues, leaders and colleagues from other U.S. and international statistical agencies, NCVS field representatives, and many more for this milestone occasion. 

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Date Published: September 28, 2023