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NCJ Number: 184489 Find in a Library
Title: Comparison of Annual Incidence Rates and Contextual Characteristics of Intimate-Partner Violence Against Women From the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) and the National Violence Against Women Survey (NVAWS)
Journal: Violence Against Women  Volume:6  Issue:8  Dated:August 2000  Pages:839-867
Author(s): Ronet Bachman
Date Published: August 2000
Page Count: 29
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article compares annual incidence rates and contextual characteristics of intimate-partner violence against women from the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) and the National Violence Against Women Survey (NVAWS).
Abstract: Both surveys made it clear that women were more likely to be victimized by intimates and those known to them than by strangers. The NCVS had the advantage of a large ongoing sample, but the NVAWS provided information not obtainable from the NCVS and was able to incorporate a wider range of questions to allow examination of women’s experiences with violence across their lifetimes. The article considers it not surprising that surveys differing in methodology also differ in their findings, and calls for a better understanding of this by both policymakers and the media. It also recommends that reports about violence against women provide information about the way questions were asked and information gathered because data can be highly sensitive to both the actual wording of a survey question and the data collection method. Making this information available may allow and perhaps even encourage data users to have more insight into the meaning of the numbers presented. Tables, notes, references
Main Term(s): Victims of Crime
Index Term(s): Computers; Data collections; Data security; Domestic assault; Information collection; Surveys; Victimization surveys; Victims of violent crime; Violence
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