Measuring Family Violence: Incident-Based Reports
& Victim Surveys

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

How much violence is family violence?

Two different measures,
two very different estimates

So which estimate is “correct”?

Closer victim-offender relationship, less likely victim will report

Independent corroboration of NIBRS data

NIBRS and NCVS do agree on various incident-specific measures

Comparing NIBRS and NCVS

Comparing NIBRS and NCVS

Relevance of comparing
NCVS to NIBRS

Advantages and disadvantages of current incident-based reporting