Welcome to the National Center for Victims of Crime

We are the nation's leading resource and advocacy organization for crime victims and those who serve them. Please join us as we forge a national commitment to help victims of crime rebuild their lives.

It is important that we learn more about the experiences of victims within our own communities on a regular basis. This information can inform the development of new responses and provide feedback on on-going efforts. It can also be used to document compelling community needs and justify the need for enhanced responses to those needs for policymakers, funders and the community-at-large.

The ideal method for understanding what specific resources are needed and what services should be available is to conduct regular surveys of victims. Random household victimization surveys of community residents can tell us about the nature of the crime taking place in communities and the prevalence. In addition, interviews and/or focus groups with individual victims and service providers can tell us whether victims are being treated appropriately and respectfully by criminal justice and social service agencies.

Existing data sources can also be used to document crime and victimization trends. For instance, data from the Uniform Crime Reports collected by the Federal Bureau of Investigation provides information on reported crimes for state and metropolitan areas. To get a more community-level view, data from your local police department can reveal what is occurring neighborhood by neighborhood.

Suggested sources of data are summarized below.

Local Crime & Victimization Trends

  • Uniform Crime Reports (UCR) – State and local UCR data on crime and homicide trends is available online at http://www.fbi.gov/ucr/cius_04/
  • Local police department data
  • Local studies or local components of larger studies
  • Community victimization survey 

Demographic Data

  • Census data

Needs Assessment & Service Capacity

  • Focus groups with service providers, victims, community residents, and other stakeholder groups
  • Local studies or local components of larger studies
  • Community victimization survey