Previously called the National Crime Survey (NCS). Has been collecting data on personal and household victimization since 1973. An ongoing survey, conducted twice each year. Primary source of information on the characteristics of criminal victimization and on the number and types of crimes not reported to law enforcement authorities. Includes the supplement Police-Public Contact Survey. For quick analysis from 1993 to the present, use the NCVS Victimization Analysis Tool (NVAT).
Nationally representative sample of 42,000 households comprising nearly 76,000 persons.