Sponsored by the Justice Department, the National Crime Victimization Survey measures the amount and kinds of crime household encounter during a six-month period preceding the interview. The average workload is 700 cases each month, and respondents are surveyed twice each year for three years.
The National Crime Victimization Survey collects detailed information about persons victimized by certain types of crime. These crimes include theft, burglary, motor vehicle theft, robbery, assault, rape, purse snatching, pocket picking, hate crimes, identity theft, vandalism, and school crimes to children between the ages of 12 through 18. The Census Bureau collects this information for the Bureau of Justice Statistics by using a supplement during normal data collection.