National Survey of Children's Exposure to Violence (NatSCEV)
: The National Survey of Children's Exposure to Violence (NatSCEV) is a comprehensive nationwide survey of the incidence and prevalence of children's exposure to violence. It measures past-year and lifetime exposure to violence for children age 17 and younger across several major categories: conventional crime, child maltreatment, victimization by peers and siblings, sexual victimization, witnessing and indirect victimization, school violence and threats, and Internet victimization.
: Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (DOJ/OJJDP)
Data Years Available
: Telephone interview.
: Child's age and other demographic characteristics; exposure to specific types of assault, bullying, sexual victimization, child maltreatment by an adult. Follow-up questions were asked about the perpetrator, use of a weapon, injury, and multiple events.
: Children aged 17 and younger living in the continental U.S.
: The 2008 NatSCEV was a random-digit dial telephone survey interviewing youths ages 10 to 17 and adult caregivers of children age 9 and under. Telephone interviews were used because they afford greater anonymity and privacy than in-person interviews and may encourage those interviewed to be more forthcoming about the sensitive topics covered in this survey. Telephone exchanges for African-American, Hispanic, and low-income households were oversampled. An adult (usually a parent) provided demographic information for each household. A sample child in the household was then selected to be surveyed. Interviews were conducted in English and Spanish.
Response rate and sample size
: The interview sample (n= 4,549) consisted of 2 groups: a nationally representative sample of telephone numbers within the contiguous U.S. (n=3,053) and an oversample of telephone exchanges with 70% or greater African American, Hispanic, or low-income households (n=1,496).
: Finkelhor D et al. Children's Exposure to Violence: a Comprehensive National Study. Juvenile Justice Bulletin. October, 2009. Available at: http://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/ojjdp/227744.pdf