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National Survey of Children's Exposure to Violence


The National Survey of Children's Exposure to Violence (NatSCEV) is the most comprehensive nationwide survey of the incidence and prevalence of children's exposure to violence to date. The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) has sponsored NatSCEV with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). OJJDP has administered NatSCEV three times through data collections in 2008 (NatSCEV I), 2011 (NatSCEV II), and 2014 (NatSCEV III). NatSCEV has produced national estimates on sensitive topics (direct victimization and indirect violence) with data collected from a hard-to-reach, vulnerable population. It measures the 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 (including exposure to community violence and family violence), school violence and threats, and Internet victimization.

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Date Created: April 3, 2020