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BJS Releases Methodological Research to Support the National Survey of Children’s Exposure to Violence

The Bureau of Justice Statistics, a program office within the Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs, today released Methodological Research to Support the National Survey of Children’s Exposure to Violence. This third-party report, funded by BJS and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, describes comprehensive efforts to review and assess the National Survey of Children’s Exposure to Violence and recommend alternate approaches.

The NatSCEV study design and methodology warranted reassessment. One reason for this reassessment is that response rates have seriously declined over NatSCEV cycles, decreasing from 79% of eligible respondents in 2003 to rates as low as 10% for some components of the sample in 2014. To improve future NatSCEV response rates, Westat and the Crimes Against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire have collaborated with BJS and OJJDP to consider a range of design options, such as using an online questionnaire and internet panels.

Title:Methodological Research to Support the National Survey of Children’s Exposure to Violence (NCJ 306384)
Authors:Darby M. Steiger, Mike Brick, Andrea Sedlak, Westat; David Finkelhor, Heather Turner, Sherry Hamby, University of New Hampshire

BJS funded this third-party report. It is not a BJS report and does not release official government statistics. The report is released to inform interested parties of the research or analysis contained within and to encourage discussion. BJS has performed a limited review of the report to ensure the general accuracy of information and adherence to confidentiality and disclosure standards. Any statistics included in the report are not official BJS statistics unless they have been previously published in a BJS report. Any analysis, conclusions, or opinions expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views, opinions, or policies of BJS or the U.S. Department of Justice.

About the Bureau of Justice Statistics

The Bureau of Justice Statistics is the U.S. Department of Justice’s principal federal agency responsible for collecting, analyzing and disseminating reliable statistics on crime and criminal justice in the United States. Kevin M. Scott, Ph.D., is the acting director. More information about BJS and criminal justice statistics can be found at bjs.ojp.gov

About the Office of Justice Programs

The Office of Justice Programs provides federal leadership, grants, training, technical assistance and other resources to improve the nation’s capacity to prevent and reduce crime; advance equity and fairness in the administration of justice; assist victims; and uphold the rule of law. More information about OJP and its program offices can be found at www.ojp.gov.


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Date Published: March 29, 2024