Overview of Crime and Victimization
Millions of crimes take place in the United States every year. Although the overall crime rate has declined significantly during the past 20 years, 18.7 million crimes were committed in 2010, according to the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics. Its National Crime Victimization Survey shows these crimes included an estimated 3.8 violent victimizations, 1.4 million serious violent victimizations, 14.8 million property victimizations, and 138,000 thefts. Most of the crimes committed are not reported to authorities. These crimes exact a huge toll on victims in pain, suffering, and financial loss.
“Our goal is to empower victims toward a healthy recovery and to work within the community to find means of preventing crime from ever happening.”
If you or someone you know has been touched by crime, please contact NOVA at 1-800-675-6900.