"Victim Surveys for Criminal Justice Planning," University of Cincinnati Law Review
45 (Spring, 1976), 167-206.
One of the most important advances in the last decade of criminal justice research has been
the development of survey research tools for gathering data on crime and victims. Before
1965 most of what we knew about these subjects was based upon information found in police
files. In addition to counting crimes, surveys are useful for such tasks as (1) assessing the
costs of crime, (2) gathering direct descriptions of offenders, (3) eliciting descriptions of the
details of incidents, (4) discovering who calls the police and why victims do not, and (5)
assessing satisfaction with elements of the criminal justice system. This paper describes
some of the information about crimes, victims and offenders which can be collected in sample
surveys and exposures their concrete applications to criminal justice problems.