Juvenile Victimization Questionnaire

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The National Survey of Children’s Exposure to Violence (NatSCEV) is the largest, most comprehensive survey on youth victimization conducted in the United States.  NatSCEV shows that many youth experience multiple forms of victimization, not just single types.  The Juvenile Victimization Questionnaire-2nd Revision (JVQ-R2) is the core of NatSCEV.  

The full JVQ-R2, including supplements, assesses 50+ forms of victimization across five general areas: 

  • Conventional crime
  • Maltreatment
  • Peer and sibling victimization
  • Sexual victimization
  • Witnessing and other exposure to violence.

Goals of this toolkit:
The JVQ-R2 can be used in a variety of clinical, research, and community settings to help document the true burden of victimization experienced by youth.  The JVQ-R2 does this by including a comprehensive set of questions about multiple forms of violence, instead of more traditional questionnaires which often ask about only one type of violence, such as bullying or maltreatment. 

Psychologists, social workers, health care providers, child protection service professionals, advocates, program evaluators, and researchers can all use the JVQ-R2 to enhance the assessment of youth victimization.  For example, the JVQ-R2 can be used to identify the needs of children in your community through needs assessment, determine whether your prevention or intervention program is effective,  enhance clinical assessment, raise awareness among different types of providers about the full extent of youth victimization, and improve research on youth victimization. 

This site provides information and forms for using the JVQ-R2. 

Suggested citation:
Hamby, S., Finkelhor, D., Turner, H., & Kracke, K. (2011).  The Juvenile Victimization Questionnaire toolkit.  Retrieved from __________.

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention at the Department of Justice recently released three NatSCEV bulletins.

Hamby, S., Finkelhor, D., Turner, H., & Ormrod, R. (2011). Children’s exposure to intimate partner violence and other family violence (pgs. 1-12). Juvenile Justice Bulletin – NCJ 232272. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.

 Finkelhor, D., Turner, H. & Hamby, S. (2011). Questions and answers about the National Survey of Children’s Exposure to Violence (pgs. 1-4). Juvenile Justice Bulletin – NCJ 235163. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.

Finkelhor, D., Turner, H., Hamby, S., & Ormrod, R. (2011). Poly-victimization: Children’s exposure to multiple types of violence, crime, and abuse (pgs. 1-12). Juvenile Justice Bulletin – NCJ 235504. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.