Friday, August 28, 2015

Criminal Victimization 2014

The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) has released its annual report on criminal victimization in the U.S. The violent crime rate, rates of intimate partner violence, and rates of violence resulting in an injury did not change significantly in 2014 as compared to 2013.

There was also no significant change from 2013 to 2014 in the percent of violent crimes reported to police (46%) or in the percent of violent crime victims who received services from a victim service agency (12%).

The property crime victimization rate declines from 131 per 1,000 households in 2013 to 118 victimization per 1,000 households in 2014. The decline in theft accounted for most of the drop.

The full report can be found at:

Monday, August 24, 2015

2015 OVC Report to the Nation

The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) recently published a report to the nation on "Building Capacity through Research, Innovation, Technology, and Training," which highlights OVC services and programs and their impact on victims, survivors, and communities through fiscal years 2013-2014. The report can be viewed at (

The report highlights victim services and assistance:
  • in partnership with the Department of Defense to support sexual assault victims in the U.S. military;
  • for human trafficking victims;
  • in tribal communities;
  • to develop mobile applications to increase public awareness and education;
  • and much more.

Human Trafficking Series

CVI is  producing a series of technical reports on the subject of Human Trafficking.  All of the published reports in the series are available under the publications tab on the Crime Victims' Institute website. The report series includes reviews of factors such as prevalence, need for services, and the consequences of this type of victimization. Future reports in the series will include an overview of Texas-based service providers for youth and adult victims of sex trafficking. The series is guest edited by Dr. Cortney Franklin.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Harris County SAFE Court - Survivors Acquiring Freedom and Empowerment

Harris County SAFE Court – Survivors Acquiring Freedom and Empowerment
Dr. Lisa Muftic, CVI's Assistant Director, is serving as a research partner for Harris County's new SAFE Court, a prostitution prevention program targeting first offenders between 17 and 25 years old. The program combines a specialty court with evidence-based treatment to provide the tools needed to reduce victimization and criminalization of these young adults. See link below for more information.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released the most recent statistics from the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS), 2011. According to this national survey, more than 1 in 5 women and 1 in 10 men have experienced severe physical violence at the hands of an intimate partner in their lifetime (NISVS 2011 Report).

Between 2003 and 2012, domestic violence accounted for 21% of all violent victimizations in the United States (see Nonfatal Domestic Violence 2003-12).
In 2013, 119 Texas women were killed by a current or former partner.
For their stories, see the TCFV report, Honoring Texas Victims.
Remember their names, and be a Voice Against Violence!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Socio-Emotional Impact of Violent Crime

More than two-thirds of victims of serious violence experience socio-emotional problems (e.g., moderate to severe distress, problems with relationships with family or friends, and/or problems at work or school) as a result of their victimization.

Read more about the wide-reaching consequences of violent victimization in a special report recently published by the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS).