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National Crime Victimization Survey, Concatenated File, [United States], 1992-2016

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • United States. Bureau of Justice Statistics
Other Title
  • Version 2 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) Series
Publication Date
Publication Place
Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research
Funding Reference
  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics
Free Keywords
Schema: ICPSR
assault; auto theft; burglary; crime; crime rates; crime reporting; crime statistics; offenses; property crimes; rape; reactions to crime; robbery; sex offenses; vandalism; victimization
  • Abstract

    In October 2019, NACJD released a revised set of 1992-2016 NCVS Public-Use Files. The National Crime Victimization Survey, Concatenated File, [United States], 1992-2016: Revised Version (ICPSR 37241) data collection contains the official 1992-2016 NCVS data and replaces the previously published National Crime Victimization Survey, Concatenated File, [United States], 1992-2016 (ICPSR 36834) Public-Use Files. The initial files remain available for research purposes. The National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS), previously called the National Crime Survey (NCS), has been collecting data on personal and household victimization through an ongoing survey of a nationally-representative sample of residential addresses since 1973. The NCVS was designed with four primary objectives: (1) to develop detailed information about the victims and consequences of crime, (2) to estimate the number and types of crimes not reported to the police, (3) to provide uniform measures of selected types of crimes, and (4) to permit comparisons over time and types of areas. Beginning in 1992, the survey categorizes crimes as "personal" or "property." Personal crimes include rape and sexual assault, robbery, aggravated and simple assault, and purse-snatching/pocket-picking, while property crimes include burglary, theft, motor vehicle theft, and vandalism. Each respondent is asked a series of screen questions designed to determine whether she or he was victimized during the six-month period preceding the first day of the month of the interview. A "household respondent" is also asked to report on crimes against the household as a whole (e.g., burglary, motor vehicle theft). The data include type of crime, month, time, and location of the crime, relationship between victim and offender, characteristics of the offender, self-protective actions taken by the victim during the incident and results of those actions, consequences of the victimization, type of property lost, whether the crime was reported to police and reasons for reporting or not reporting, and offender use of weapons, drugs, and alcohol. Basic demographic information such as age, race, gender, and income is also collected, to enable analysis of crime by various subpopulations. This dataset represents the concatenated version of the NCVS on a collection year basis for 1992-2016. A collection year contains records from interviews conducted in the 12 months of the given year. Under the collection year format, victimizations are counted in the year the interview is conducted, regardless of the year when the crime incident occurred. For additional information on the dataset, please see the documentation for the data from the most current year of the NCVS, ICPSR Study 36828.
  • Abstract


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: Concatenated Household File
    • DS2: Concatenated Person File
    • DS3: Concatenated Incident File
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1992--2016
  • 1992 / 2016
  • Collection date: 1992--2016
  • 1992 / 2016
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
All persons in the United States aged 12 and older. Smallest Geographic Unit: region
Stratified multistage cluster sample.
Collection Mode
  • computer-assisted personal interview (CAPI)
  • face-to-face interview
2019-10-31 The codebook was updated to include a note directing users to the revised version (ICPSR 37241) of this data. The study home page was also updated to include this note in the Summary section.2019-06-13 The codebook section "Measuring Rape and Sexual Assault" was updated with revised text provided by BJS. Funding institution(s): United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics.
This version of the study is no longer available on the web. If you need to acquire this version of the data, you have to contact ICPSR User Support (
Alternative Identifiers
  • 36834 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR36834.v3
  • Is new version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR36834.v1
  • Becker, Patricia, Bachman, Ronet. Intimate partner violence in the military: An investigation of reporting crimes to law enforcement officials. Journal of Family Violence.2019.
    • ID: 10.1007/s10896-019-00091-x (DOI)

Update Metadata: 2019-10-31 | Issue Number: 2 | Registration Date: 2019-06-13

United States. Bureau of Justice Statistics (2018): National Crime Victimization Survey, Concatenated File, [United States], 1992-2016. Version 2. National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) Series. Version: v2. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.