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Neighborhood Crime Survey: An Examination of the Relationship between Immigration and Victimization

NCJ Number
Yue Yuan; Edward Cohen; Chris Melde
Date Published
February 2023
37 pages

This paper describes a mixed-methods study of the nature and extent of criminal victimization experiences across immigrant groups and generations; it describes the project design and methodology, data analysis, implications for criminal justice policy and practice, and lists artifacts produced from the research.


The research study presented in this final report examined the nature and extent of criminal victimization experiences across immigrant groups and immigrant generations. The author describes the quantitative survey, which involved dissemination of more than 25,000 invitations to San José residents in December 2020 and April 2021 to participate in an online survey. The final sample size was 3,756 people who resided in 82 of the 212 census tracts, with a final response rate of 16.98 percent. For the qualitative component, the author describes recruiting respondents through a variety of non-probability methods, conducting individual interviews with San José residents, and conducting of additional interviews. The description of the qualitative data analysis for individual interviews includes discussion of the following topics: crimes experienced; safety and trauma; law enforcement reporting; services for victims of crime; qualitative data analysis for professional and focus group interviews; factors in crime trends; domestic violence; factors in reporting; and response and services. The author also presents conclusions based on the study’s major findings and policy implications.