Victims of Violent Crime: Findings from the British Crime Survey
The British Crime Survey (BCS) was conducted in 1982. It is the first major survey of its kind in Britain, covering a sample of 11 000 people aged 16 or over in England and Wales (5000 in Scotland). In essence it is a survey of victimization similar to those conducted, for example, in the United States (e.g. United States Department of Justice, 1982), Canada and the Netherlands (e.g. Van Dijk and Steinmetz, 1980). Whilst its sample size is much smaller than the US National Crime Survey (NCS) it has collected a more extensive range of additional information about people’s experience of and attitudes towards crime and the criminal justice system and about their everyday activity.
KeywordsViolent Crime Violent Victimization Violent Offense Counting Rule Sexual Attack
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