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In the U.S., two complementary federal programs provide much of what we know about the incidence of crime. The Uniform Crime Reports measures crime as reported to law enforcement agencies, while the National Crime Victimization Survey looks at crime as experienced by victims.
NCVS surveys 135,000 households nationwide each year, 1973-present, asking about the frequency, characteristics, and consequences of criminal victimization. Detailed information is collected from respondents about individual victimication incidents, including offender characteristics and respondent experiences with police and the criminal justice system. In early years of the program, known as National Crime Survey.
• Criminal Victimization (annual): Online, 1984-present (via BJS).
• Criminal Victimization (annual): Print, 1976-1995.
• NCVS data: Excel tables, 1993-present (via NCVS Victimization Analysis Tool - NVAT).
• NCVS data: Datasets for statistical packages, 1992-present, via NACJD. HINT! In NACJD, watch for multi-year compilations and for datasets that offer online analysis tools.
Derived from the FBI's UCR, this CQ Press publication ranks cities and metropolitan areas by total crime and Crime Index (Part I) offenses: murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, larceny, motor vehicle theft, and arson. 1996-present.
Crimes by year, 2001-present, on college and university campuses. Covers criminal offenses, hate crimes, violence against women, arrests, disciplinary actions, unfounded crimes, and fire statistics. Compiled from Clery Act data reported by individual postsecondary schools.
Provides datasets from Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration, US Department of Health & Human Services. Includes several important data series: Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN), National Survey on Drug use and Health (NSDUH), and Treatment Episode Data Set.
• Reports and Excel tables (via SAMHSA). NOTE! NAHDAP replaces SAMHDA, a superseded ICPSR topical data archive.
Incidents of hate crimes against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and HIV-affected (LGBTQH) communities reported to the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, in PDF format. 1998-present.
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Annual national surveys on gun ownership and attitudes toward guns, conducted by National Opinion Research Center for Jouns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy & Research and the Joyce Foundation. Survey datasets with online analysis tool from Roper Center for Public Opinion Research.