Sustainable Development Goals - 17 Goals to Transform our World

Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels

Indicator 16.3.1: Proportion of victims of violence in the previous 12 months who reported their victimization to competent authorities or other officially recognized conflict resolution mechanisms

Percent of US violent victimizations reported to the police

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Actual indicator available Percent of violent victimizations reported to the police.
Actual indicator available - description Percent reported to the police is for victims of violent crimes reported by persons 12 or older.
Date of national source publication December 2017
Method of computation Data are derived from the National Crime Victimization Survey - a self-report survey in which interviewed persons are asked about the number and characteristics of victimization experienced during the prior 6 months. The responses are aggregated for a 12-month period (based on 2 interviews). The survey is administered to persons age 12 or older from a nationally representative sample of households. In 2016, 134,690 households and 224,520 persons age 12 or older were interviewed. The response rate was 78% for households and 84% for eligible persons.
Periodicity Annual (collection year)
Scheduled update by national source November 2018
U.S. method of computation Number of violent incidents reported to police or other authorities divided by the number of violent incidents during 12-month period times 100%
Comments and limitations The indicator is subject to sampling error. The national estimate in 2016 had a standard error of 2.10%. For other years, see NCVS page on BJS website: http://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=dcdetail&iid=245.
Date metadata updated March 2018
Disaggregation geography NA
Unit of measurement Percentage of all violent victimizations (including rape/sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault and simple assault)
Disaggregation categories By sex
International and national references BJS Methodology, page 14-18, Criminal Victimization, 2016 (NCJ 251150), https://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/cv16.pdf. For 2000-15, see NCVS page on BJS website: https://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=dcdetail&iid=245 and the NCVS Victimization Analysis Tool (NVAT), https://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=nvat.
Time period 2000-2016
Scheduled update by SDG team

This table provides information on metadata for SDG indicators as defined by the UN Statistical Commission. Complete global metadata is provided by the UN Statistics Division.

Indicator name Proportion of victims of violence in the previous 12 months who reported their victimization to competent authorities or other officially recognized conflict resolution mechanisms
Target name Promote the rule of law at the national and international levels and ensure equal access to justice for all.
Global indicator description Number of victims of violent crime (physical or sexual assault) in the previous 12 months who reported their last incident to competent authorities or other officially recognized conflict resolution mechanisms, as a percentage of all victims of crime in the previous 12 months. Competent authorities includes police, prosecutors or other authorities with competencies to investigate certain crimes (such as corruption or fraud), while 'other officially recognised conflict resolution mechanisms' may include a variety of institutions with a role in the informal justice or dispute resolution (e.g. tribal or religious leaders, village elders, community leaders), provided their role is officially recognised by state authorities.
UN designated tier 2
UN custodial agency UNODC
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Organisation Bureau of Justice Statistics, National Crime Victimization Survey
Agency Staff Name Bureau of Justice Statistics (Allen J. Beck)
Agency Survey Dataset Bureau of Justice Statistics, National Crime Victimization Survey
Notes Table 5. Percent of victimizations reported to the police, by type of crime, 2016. https://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/cv16.pdf.
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