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Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Data Resource Center, Final Report

NCJ Number
Date Published
September 2007
100 pages
This report describes the development and operation of the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Data Resource Center (DVSA-DRC), a Web site created to provide information on the status of the collection of data on domestic violence and sexual assault in the 50 States and the District of Columbia.
The information displayed on the DVSA-DRC Web site includes State profiles, a national summary, projects, bibliographies, a form library, links and contacts, and available data. As information was collected for each State, summaries were created and posted on the DVSA-DRC. Regarding incident-based law enforcement data in the States, information from the FBI shows that 30 States are certified to report data for the National Incident-Based Reporting System, and 10 are in the testing phase. Six States are currently developing incident-based systems. Nine States collect information on domestic violence beyond what is required by the FBI; four of these States also collect additional information on sexual assault incidents. In these States, agencies complete separate forms for each domestic violence or sexual assault incident. These forms are then submitted to the State Uniform Crime Reporting program. Due to the increased funding to service providers, data systems have been implemented in most States. Information for the DVSA-DRC was collected by interviewing individuals in agencies most likely to collect, use, or report domestic or sexual violence as well as stalking data in all 50 States and the District of Columbia. Questionnaires were developed for a survey of State Uniform Crime Reporting Unit program managers, directors of Statistical Analysis Centers, domestic and sexual violence coalitions, and State government agencies. A total of 304 telephone interviews were conducted using the questionnaires. Appended questionnaires, agency responses by State, 9 data tables, and a final report on the Illinois Web-based information system for victim service providers

Date Published: September 1, 2007