Crime Victimization Survey

St. Lucia Introduces Tool to Better Understand Crime and its Burden on Citizens

The dark figure of crime (Crime Victimization Survey)

Castries, St. Lucia, April 9, 2019 – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, through the CariSECURE Project launched the implementation of the Crime Victimization Survey (CVS) today.

CariSECURE aims to strengthen evidence-based decision making for citizen security by improving the quality and quantity of crime data collected while building the capacity of actors within the sector to analyze this data. A key tool to support this process across priority countries is the application of the CVS.

To accurately ascertain the magnitude of victimization within a country, specifically: Crime levels and trends, perceptions of public safety, the impact of crime on society and vulnerable groups, as well as, the level of public confidence in the criminal justice system and its actors are the primary objectives of the CVS.

Part of the CVS execution process includes a three-day training workshop facilitated by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) where participants will acquire information on the role and importance of crime victimization surveys in a system of crime statistics, their role in reporting on SDG 16 and monitoring national policy efforts. 

While in the past only police and criminal justice data were used to measure crime, it is now widely acknowledged that such information alone is not enough and should be integrated with victim surveys results. Surveys of victims of crime are a more comparable tool to assess risks across countries.

The CVS will provide information on crime and victimization through a standard questionnaire, the results of which are internationally comparable. To ensure this, all aspects of the methodology have been standardized to the maximum possible extent. Interviews are done utilizing a face-to-face methodology supported by CAPI (Computer Assisted Personal Interviewing) technique.

The UNODC promotes internationally comparable victim surveys in developing countries within and beyond the context of the International Crime Victim Survey (ICVS).

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