The National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) is one of the nation's primary sources of information on crime and criminal victimization. Each year, data are obtained from a nationally representative sample of about 240,000 persons in about 150,000 households in the United States. This information allows us to identify victims and non-victims as well as the repercussions and social context of victimization. It is an excellent source of data for understanding victimization risk as well as responses to victimization. Periodic supplements to the survey offer the exploration of emerging types of crime like fraud, identity theft, and stalking. While the survey has offered these data for almost 50 years, many criminologists and social scientists interested in crime are unfamiliar with it. This forum is designed to expose this audience to the research uses of the NCVS and to present methods for proper analysis of the survey data.
The University of Maryland (UMD) has organized this forum on the NCVS to foster research use of the survey. Please join Dr. James P. Lynch, Dr. Min Xie, and esteemed panelists to discuss the use of NCVS for research and training. Please register and join the conversation.