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The National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) periodically collects information through supplements which are presented as special topics. In addition, recurring data is sometimes analyzed and presented as special topic.

Current special topics are:
 
. Intimate partner violence
. Identity theft
. Stalking
. School crime

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Victims of Identity Theft, 2012 16.6 MILLION PEOPLE EXPERIENCED IDENTITY THEFT IN 2012
  Press Release
Part of the Identity Theft Series

Victims of Identity Theft, 2012 Presents findings on the prevalence and nature of identity theft from the 2012 Identity Theft Supplement to the National Crime Victimization Survey.
  Press Release | PDF (1.32M) | ASCII file (41K) | Comma-delimited format (CSV) (Zip format 32K)
Part of the Identity Theft Series

Intimate Partner Violence: Attributes of Victimization, 1993-2011 SERIOUS INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE AGAINST FEMALES DECLINED 72 PERCENT FROM 1994 TO 2011 Percentage involving physical attacks, weapons and injury showed little change
  Press Release
Part of the Intimate Partner Violence Series

Indicators of School Crime and Safety, 2012 Presents data on crime and safety at school from the perspectives of students, teachers, and principals. This annual report, a joint effort by the Bureau of Justice Statistics and the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), provides the most current detailed statistical information on the nature of crime in schools.
  PDF (1.7M) | Comma-delimited format (CSV) (Zip format 352K)
Part of the Indicators of School Crime and Safety Series

Intimate Partner Violence, 1993-2010 INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE DROPPED 64 PERCENT FROM 1993 TO 2010
  Press Release
Part of the Intimate Partner Violence Series

Identity Theft Reported by Households, 2005-2010 IDENTITY THEFT REPORTED BY HOUSEHOLDS ROSE 33 PERCENT FROM 2005 TO 2010
  PDF
Part of the Identity Theft Series

Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2010 (Revised) Presents data on crime and safety at school from the perspectives of students, teachers, and principals. A joint effort by the Bureau of Justice Statistics and the National Center for Education Statistics, this annual report examines crime occurring in school as well as on the way to and from school.
  PDF (3.8MB) | ASCII file (357K) | Spreadsheets (Zip format 375K)
Part of the Indicators of School Crime and Safety Series

Profile of Intimate Partner Violence Cases in Large Urban Counties Examines the characteristics and processing of 3,750 cases of intimate partner violence, filed in the state courts of 16 large urban counties in May 2002.
  Press Release | PDF (1.4M) | ASCII file (25K) | Spreadsheet (16K)

Indicators of School Crime and Safety, 2008 Presents data on crime and safety at school from the perspectives of students, teachers, principals, and the general population. A joint effort by the Bureau of Justice Statistics and the National Center for Education Statistics, this annual report examines crime occurring in school as well as on the way to and from school.
  PDF (1.85M) | ASCII file (217K) | Spreadsheet (Zip format 87K) | To order paper version
Part of the Indicators of School Crime and Safety Series

Identity Theft, 2005 Presents data from the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) on identity theft victimization and its consequences.
  PDF (205K) | ASCII file (22K) | Spreadsheet (Zip format 9K) | To order paper version
Part of the Identity Theft Series

Terms & Definitions

Identity theft Includes one or more of three types of incidents: (1) unauthorized use or attempted use of an existing account, (2) unauthorized use or attempted use of personal information to open a new account, (3) misuse of personal information for a fraudulent purpose. Person level identity theft is captured in the Identity Theft Supplement (ITS) to the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS). Household level identity theft is captured by the main NCVS.
 
Nonstranger A classification of a crime victim's relationship to the offender. An offender who is either related to, well known to, or casually acquainted with the victim is a nonstranger. For crimes with more than one offender, if any of the offenders are nonstrangers, then the group of offenders as a whole is classified as nonstranger. This category only applies to crimes which involve contact between the victim and the offender; the distinction is not made for crimes of theft since victims of this offense rarely see the offenders.
 
Stranger A classification of the victim's relationship to the offender for crimes involving direct contact between the two. Incidents are classified as involving strangers if the victim identifies the offender as a stranger, did not see or recognize the offender, or knew the offender only by sight. Crimes involving multiple offenders are classified as involving nonstrangers if any of the offenders was a nonstranger. Since victims of theft without contact rarely see the offender, no distinction is made between strangers and nonstrangers for the crime.