Preliminary Results From the Violence Againt People With Disabilities Pretest

Michael R. Rand, Bureau of Justice Statistics

In the Fall of 2001, the Bureau of Justice Statistics and the Census Bureau pretested questions to be added to the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS( to measure the incidence and characteristics of crimes against people with disabilities. These questions are being added to the NCVS to meet a mandate of the 1998 Crime Victims with Disabilities Awareness Act. The Act required that the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) modify the NCVS to "include statistics relating to (1) the nature of crimes against individuals with developmental disabilities; and (2) the specific characteristics of the victims of those crimes." The pretest was conducted using a sample of 200 people with developmental disabilities receiving services from the State of California, along with a control group of 100 people drawn from the general population. The purpose of the pretest was to determine the viability of questions designed to identify types of disabilities, and to identify modifications to survey procedures and questionnaires that may facilitate interviewing people with various types of disabilities. This paper discusses the issues addressed in the pretest and provides some preliminary findings.

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Updated 05/20/2006