08 Sep ‘Did you know?’ Thursdays
Do you know what victimisation surveys are?
You may have heard the expression ‘dark figure of crime’. When we speak of the ‘dark figure of crime’ we are referring to all those crimes that go unreported, or are not recorded by the authorities. In other words, we are talking of crimes that do not make official statistics.
Victimisation surveys (or victim studies) have emerged to counterbalance flaws in official data. They are implemented at the local level (see for instance the Crime Survey for England and Wales), national level (e.g. National Crime Victimisation Survey in the US) and international level ( see: International Crime Victims Survey).
Victimisation surveys aim to uncover the dark figure of crime, by asking a sample of people within a certain area/jurisdiction about their experience of crime during a set period of time, whether they have reported the offence to the authorities, and other relevant information.
For more information on victimisation surveys check out: Manual on Victimization Surveys