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NCJ Number: 228607 
Title: Targeted Victimisation Surveys on Immigrants and Ethnic Minorities: Considerations for Comparative Research Development(From Victimisation Surveys in Comparative Perspective: Papers From the Stockholm Criminology Symposium 2007, P 16-33, 2008, Kauko Aromaa and Markku Heiskanen, eds. - See NCJ-228606)
Author(s): Jo Goodey
Date Published: 2008
Page Count: 18
Sponsoring Agency: Criminal Justice Press/Willow Tree Press
Monsey, NY 10952
Sale Source: Criminal Justice Press/Willow Tree Press
P.O. Box 249
Monsey, NY 10952
United States of America
Type: Survey
Format: Book Chapter
Language: English
Country: Finland
Annotation: Using as a reference the ongoing work of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), this paper addresses the neglected area of targeting crime victimization surveys on immigrants and other vulnerable minorities.
Abstract: The FRA recently piloted victim survey research on minorities in preparing for a full-scale survey throughout the European Union (EU). This paper begins by outlining the FRA’s mandate for data collection. It then notes deficits in the quantity and quality of official criminal justice data in EU member states regarding racist violence and related crime. The body of the paper then explores the possibilities and challenges of victim survey research on minority groups with reference to the FRA’s pilot survey research in six EU member states. Since the pilot survey’s results are for internal use by the FRA, the paper focuses on how to conduct effective surveys of groups that are difficult to survey. Since the FRA’s forthcoming full-scale survey will be the first standardized EU survey on minorities, lessons learned from the FRA’s work in this area are presented. The lessons pertain to the definition and identification of populations to be surveyed, the availability of population data and the development of sampling frames, and questionnaire standardization and delivery. A revised survey questionnaire is currently being developed, based on findings from the pilot survey. The new questionnaire will not only contain questions on criminal victimization, policing, and fear of crime, but also on respondents’ experiences of discrimination regarding essential public and consumer services, as well as awareness of civil rights and civil participation. The aim of the questionnaire is to obtain information directly from vulnerable minorities on their criminal victimization, racist and religiously motivated victimization, and discriminatory police treatment in the wider context of their daily experiences of discrimination. 14 references
Main Term(s): Victimization
Index Term(s): Europe; European Union; Questionnaires; Victimization surveys
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