victim surveys

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Surveys of victims of crime are carried out by many bodies for different reasons. Police forces frequently conduct surveys of people who are reported victims of crime in order to monitor their performance in responding to the report. Other surveys, such as the British Crime Survey, are directed at the public at large to gauge the level of crime as against the level of reported crime. The accuracy of such surveys in showing the extent of crime is doubtful as ‘victimless crimes’ are not unlikely to be revealed whereas crimes such as domestic violence and sexual offences may not be mentioned.

Subjects: Law.

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