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National Crime Victimization Survey
Victimization surveys yield estimates of how many individuals and households are touched by crimes of violence and theft each year, and of the extent and seriousness of the financial losses and physical injuries these people experience. An International Crime Victims Survey has been translated into many languages and is being administered in countries across the globe. In the United States in 1966, the President's Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice commissioned the first large-scale survey about criminal victimization because of scientific skepticism about the accuracy of crime statistics maintained by law enforcement agencies and forwarded to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for compilation in its annual nationwide Uniform Crime Report (UCR). As anticipated, a sizable percentage of the individuals from all walks of life in the sample who told interviewers that they had been harmed by offenders acknowledged that they had not reported the incident to ...