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How many persons had contact with police in 2018?
In 2018, about 61.5 million U.S. residents age 16 or older had one or more contacts with police duri...  Read More

What types of police contact were included in the Police-Public Contact Survey (PPCS)?
The types of contact in the PPCS include those initiated by residents, those initiated by police, an...  Read More

What is the Identity Theft Supplement (ITS)?
The Identity Theft Supplement (ITS) is a supplement to the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS...  Read More

What information do you have on identity theft?
The most recent information we have available on identity theft can be found within the Victims...  Read More

Prevalence rate
Percent of person or households in a given population who experienced at least one victimization dur...  Read More

Victimization rate
Number of victimizations per 1,000 persons or households in a given population that occurred during ...  Read More

I want a more recent version of a report that you have on your webpage. Do you have it? When are you going to update that report?
The reports located on BJS website are the most recent versions. Some reports are updated occas...  Read More

What is the difference between intimate partner violence and domestic violence?
Domestic relationships include intimate partners, immediate family members, and other relatives. In...  Read More

What information do you have on race/ethnicity and crime?
We have several reports that present statistics on race and crime. The most recent report on this to...  Read More

Do you have any information on disabled victims of crime?
Yes. The information is available in the Crime Against People with Disabilities series....  Read More

Does the NCVS estimate crime on the state and/or local level?
Though the NCVS was originally designed to provide national level estimates of criminal victimizatio...  Read More

Does the NCVS collect data on kidnapping victims?
No, kidnapping is not a crime that is covered by the NCVS....  Read More

I want information that the Census Bureau has about neighborhoods, blocks, or detailed geography. Why can't I have it?
The Census Bureau has regulations to protect confidentiality of data, which prevents the public rele...  Read More

What information do you have on workplace violence?
Reports on violence in the workplace offer the latest information on nonfatal and fatal forms of vio...  Read More

What is the margin of error for the survey?
Many surveys have a specific margin of error because all of the questions are asked of every person....  Read More

How do I get paper copies of older reports that are not on your webpage?
You no longer have to order paper copies of BJS reports released prior to 1995. More than 450 BJS pu...  Read More

Why is there more than one set of national numbers about the crime rate and which one is right? 
There are two national crime series which have data on crime rates and trends. The National Cri...  Read More

How does the NCVS differ from the Uniform Crime Reports done by the FBI?
The NCVS and UCR both offer important information on criminal victimization; however, the two p...  Read More

You have a footnote saying that the number is based on 10 or fewer sample cases. But the number is larger than 10. How can this be?
We develop national estimates from sample cases of interviews with victims. We take the data we...  Read More

Why do the numbers vary so much from year-to-year for some crimes such as rape/sexual assault? 
The measurement of rape and sexual assault presents many challenges. Victims may not be willing to r...  Read More

What is statistical significance?
When national estimates are derived from a sample, as with the NCVS, caution must be used when compa...  Read More

What types of crime does the NCVS measure? 
The NCVS measures violent and property crime experienced by victims in the United States. This inclu...  Read More

Are crime rates going up or down?
The NCVS is designed to measure crime on a yearly basis. Criminologists have many theories abou...  Read More

What does UCR stand for?
UCR stands for the Uniform Crime Reporting Program, a project of the FBI. You can learn more about t...  Read More

What is NIBRS?
NIBRS stands for National Incident-Based Reporting System. Unlike the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting ...  Read More

What is the National Crime Victimization Survey?
The Bureau of Justice Statistics' (BJS) National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) is the natio...  Read More

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