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NCJ Number: 161703 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: Assessment of Violent Crime: Surveys and Methods
Corporate Author: Community Research Associates, Inc
United States of America
Project Director: D A Wood
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 27
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Assistance
Washington, DC 20531
Community Research Associates, Inc
Nashville, TN 37212
Contract Number: 91-DD-CX-K026
Sale Source: Community Research Associates, Inc
2147 Belcourt Avenue
Suite 200
Nashville, TN 37212
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report profiles surveys used in North Carolina, Louisiana, Tennessee, and West Virginia as methods for measuring statewide victimization, including victimization through violent crimes.
Abstract: Currently, the two methods of measuring crime and victimization are the Uniform Crime Reporting program and the National Crime Victimization Survey. Although these methods provide a useful national view of victimization, their data do not provide States with insight into their idiosyncratic problems. One method of better measuring victimization is the statewide victimization survey. This method was used in several States during 1992 in preparation for the Southeastern Violent Crime Summit; the initiatives include several methodologies and approaches. The variety was sufficient to provide several models that can be considered by other States as they formulate better ways of measuring and identifying serious crimes. The States were interested in different issues. North Carolina included questions on the effectiveness of the criminal justice system, drugs, security measures, guns, causes of the violent crime problem, and reasons for not reporting crimes to police. West Virginia asked similar questions. The Tennessee survey asked about attitudes and opinions regarding capital punishment, punishment in general, the function of prisons, and the effectiveness of the criminal justice system. Louisiana asked several questions about drug abuse, drug abuse education, assets seizure, and the job done by the criminal justice system. Two of the most important questions asked in several surveys addressed whether respondents believed the violent-crime problem has increased, decreased, or stayed about the same, and respondents' opinion about the prevalence of violent crime in the future. Other information provided includes the costs and results of the surveys. Major tenets of questionnaire design and survey methodology are outlined, and a sample questionnaire is provided. 10-item bibliography
Main Term(s): Violent crime statistics
Index Term(s): BJA Grant-related Documents; Data collection devices; Louisiana; North Carolina; Tennessee; Victimization surveys; Violent crimes; West Virginia
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