Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice

2014 Edition
| Editors: Gerben Bruinsma, David Weisburd

International Crime Victimization Survey

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-5690-2_444


Surveys of people’s experience of crime are now well established. They go under various titles – “crime,” “victims,” or “victimization” surveys. This entry places the International Crime Victimization Survey (ICVS) in the context of the development of other victimization surveys. It discusses the ICVS from the point of view of its main rationale for making international comparisons. It also looks at what has been done on the survey front in terms of international comparisons outside the context of the ICVS and what might be in store for the future.

Victimization surveys have focused on various types of potential victims, although most take a nationally representative sample of people living in private households, as is the case with the ICVS. Those sampled are asked whether they have recently been a victim of crime, regardless of whether the victimization was reported to the police. By including non-reported crimes, victimization surveys provide a different (and larger) count...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Crime and Justice Research Centre, Victoria University of WellingonWellingtonNew Zealand
  2. 2.Human Security and Safety International Victimology InstituteTilburg UniversityTilburgThe Netherlands