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The National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) obtains information about offender(s) who commit violent victimizations from the victim who experienced the crime. The victim is asked to provide information on age, race or Hispanic origin, and sex of the offender. The victim is also asked about his/her relationship with the offender, whether the victim perceived that the offender was drunk or on drugs, and whether the offender was a gang member. For crimes committed by strangers, the victim may not be able to provide all of the information. For crimes in which a relative, friend, or acquaintance was the offender, the victim may have more detailed information about the offender. Victims are encouraged to think about incidents committed by relatives or other non-strangers that may have been a crime and describe these incidents in the interview. Information about non-stranger crime still may be underreported in the survey because some victims may not feel comfortable providing such information or victims may not perceive some events as crimes.

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Race and Hispanic Origin of Victims and Offenders, 2012-15 Presents estimates of violent victimization (rape or sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, and simple assault) by the race and Hispanic origin of victims and offenders during the 4-year period from 2012 through 2015.
  Press Release | Summary (PDF 190K) | Full report (PDF 557K) | ASCII file (39K) | Comma-delimited format (CSV) (Zip format 25K)

Repeat Violent Victimization, 2005-14 Presents national data on the prevalence of repeat violent victimization and the characteristics of repeat violence.
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Part of the Criminal Victimization: National Crime Victimization Survey Series

Criminal Victimization, 2015 Presents national rates and levels of criminal victimization in 2015 and annual change from 2014.
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Part of the Criminal Victimization Series

Co-Offending Among Adolescents in Violent Victimizations, 2004-13 Presents estimates of nonfatal violent victimizations perceived by the victim to be committed by adolescents ages 12 to 17 during 2004-13.
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Criminal Victimization, 2014 Presents 2014 estimates of rates and levels of criminal victimization in the United States.
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Part of the Criminal Victimization Series

Household Poverty and Nonfatal Violent Victimization, 2008–2012 Presents findings from 2008 to 2012 on the relationship between households that were above or below the federal poverty level and nonfatal violent victimization, including rape or sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, and simple assault.
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Criminal Victimization, 2013 IN 2013 VIOLENT AND PROPERTY CRIME RATES DECLINED AFTER TWO YEARS OF INCREASES
 
Part of the Criminal Victimization Series

Criminal Victimization, 2013 (Revised) Presents 2013 estimates of rates and levels of criminal victimization in the United States. This bulletin includes violent victimization (rape or sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, and simple assault) and property victimization (burglary, motor vehicle theft, and property theft).
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Part of the Criminal Victimization Series

Seasonal Patterns in Criminal Victimization Trends Uses data from the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) to examine the seasonal patterns in violent and property crime victimization in the United States from 1993 to 2010.
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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.
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Part of the Identity Theft Series

Terms & Definitions

Victim The recipient of a criminal act, usually used in relation to personal crimes, but also applicable to households.