Frequently Asked Questions about NSVSP

Purpose and Background of the NCVSP

Participation in the NCVSP

NCVSP Results

  • What is the purpose of this survey?

    Our goal is to define the field of victim service providers. We are trying to learn

    • How many organizations and agencies serve victims of crime or abuse
    • The types of victims serviced and the types of crimes or abuse they experienced;
    • What basic forms of service the organizations provide;
    • What size staff and budgets the organizations have; and
    • What funding the victim service providers use to assist victims and survivors?
  • Who is funding this survey?

    The U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Statistics, with funding from the Office for Victims of Crime, is supporting this research.

  • Why is this study being funded?

    Increasingly, data collection and analysis is being prioritized as a way to better understand the scope of violence and crime in America. However, we do not have the appropriate data to address the needs of crime victims or the capacity of organizations that serve victims. The NCVSP will fill an important information gap and provide more reliable data on the allocation of resources to provide service to victims, as well as gaps in services and resource limitations.

  • Who are the other organizations that are involved?

    USDOJ is working with RAND, the National Center for Victims of Crime, and NORC at the University of Chicago to conduct survey. RAND helped USDOJ to create the survey itself and NORC is the data collection contractor. Many other organizations have offered assistance or support. You can find out more here.

  • Aren't there other surveys that already do this?

    No, there aren't. This is the first survey of all victim serving organizations and agencies. While there have been many smaller surveys in the past, none has attempted to gather basic information that accurately reflects all parts of the victim services field across the U.S.

  • Why does it matter if my organization responds?

    Your participation is extremely important to the success of this study. Participation from all entities that offer support or services to crime and abuse victims is critical for the NCVSP to accurately reflect the broad field of victim service providers. If this first survey achieves solid participation—that is we have confidence that we now know what "the field" looks like—it would then be possible to obtain more detailed information in a subsequent survey about the staff, standards, trainings, technology, and other information about victim service providers.

  • I don't believe our organization received an invitation. How can I find out, or be added to the list?

    While we hope that we have identified all victim service providers, the lack of a national list means we may have missed an organization. Please contact to see if you are on the list or to be added.

  • Several people in our organization received invitations. Do they each complete the NCVSP?

    No. One person per location should complete the NCVSP using one of the logins provided in your invitation.

    Please contact to have the duplicate invitation login removed, so we don't bother you with repeated outreach to the non-responding invitation.

  • Our organization has several branch locations. Who should complete the NCVSP?

    Ideally, one person per location should complete the NCVSP. However, if all of the information is compiled at the main or headquarters location, it is ok to provide one response for the entire organization.

  • How long will it take to do the survey?

    The survey should take about 20 minutes to complete.

  • Who should complete the survey within our organization?

    This survey is best completed by someone with knowledge about the available services for victims of crime or abuse, victim service funding, and staffing for victim services within your organization. Some larger organizations, for example universities, hospitals, or government organizations, often have specific programs or staff dedicated to working with victims of crime or abuse. In these instances, the survey is best completed by someone with direct knowledge of these programs or activities. If your organization or a program within your organization does not provide services to victims of crime or abuse, you will be able to report this near the beginning of this survey.

  • Who else will see my answers? Are there any other risks to my organization?

    This survey does not include questions about individual people, staff or victims, within your agency. This survey will only ask you basic information about your organization, for example where it is based (e.g., government, campus, medical facility), types of victims served, and types of services offered. The information you provide will be made available to the public. This study is voluntary. You may discontinue participation at any time and decline to answer any questions. There are no major risks/discomforts to you as a participant. We urgently need and appreciate your cooperation to make the results inclusive, accurate and timely.

  • Will the NCVSP be used to create a directory of victim services?

    While the main purpose of the NCVSP is to collect data regarding the victim services field, we recognized that this project also provided an opportunity to create a high-quality national directory of services. Respondents have the option to be included in this directory, through a separate section at the end of the NCVSP.

  • When will the results of the NCVSP be made available?

    We anticipate the results of the NCVSP will be made available in the summer of 2017. Information will be provided through BJS, our national supporters, and the project website.

  • Will the results be available by state?

    If the response rates are high enough to allow reliable analysis, results will be made available by state.

  • Will the NCVSP be repeated in future years?

    Our intention is to repeat the NCVSP every few years, to obtain data on trends in victim services. This is dependent on future funding and other considerations.