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Interviewing Conditions in the National Crime Victimization Survey, 1993-2013

Shannan M. Catalano, Ph.D., Bureau of Justice Statistics

August 30, 2016    NCJ 249682

Describes the circumstances under which interviews were conducted with persons in the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) from 1993 to 2013. The report focuses on two types of interviewing conditions: data collection mode and privacy. Data collection mode is how the interview is conducted-whether in person, during a face-to-face contact, or by telephone. Interview privacy describes whether a person is interviewed alone or in the presence of others during an in-person interview. The report presents trends in the level and pattern of interviewing conditions in the NCVS, highlighting variations among select survey respondent characteristics. Findings include the percentage of NCVS interviews conducted in person, the percentage of in-person interviews conducted privately, and how these conditions vary by characteristics of survey respondents. The report also examines the association among interviewing conditions, crime rates, and household composition.

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