Victim Survey – Channel Robinson
Victim surveys are questionnaires which are given to a sample of individuals. The surveys collect information from different people on crimes and gathers characteristics of the individuals themselves. Questions about the victims only go to an extent which the victim can report them such as if weapons were used, type of crime and injuries to the victim.
There are a lot of strengths and limitations of victim surveys which have been explored. The national crime victimization survey does not gather data on children younger than 12 which excludes an important group of victims. The survey usually collects qualitative data which is hard to analyse. Another weakness is that participants may feel the need to lie, some victims may not want to write down what really happened to them due to embarrassment or other reasons so they just simply lie. Statistically there is a low response rate from victim surveys which…
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