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Scottish Crime and Justice Survey, 2014-2015

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SN: 8141
Title: Scottish Crime and Justice Survey, 2014-2015
Alternative title: SCJS
Persistent identifier: 10.5255/UKDA-SN-8141-1
Series: Scottish Crime and Justice Survey [Scottish Crime and Justice Surveys, 1993-]
Depositor: Scottish Government
Principal investigator(s): TNS BMRB Scotland
Data collector(s): TNS BMRB Scotland
Sponsor(s): Scottish Government

Citation

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TNS BMRB Scotland. (2017). Scottish Crime and Justice Survey, 2014-2015. [data collection]. UK Data Service. SN: 8141, http://doi.org/10.5255/UKDA-SN-8141-1

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Subject Categories

Crime and law enforcement - Law, crime and legal systems
Social attitudes and behaviour - Society and culture

Abstract

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The Scottish Crime and Justice Survey (SCJS) is a social survey which asks people about their experiences and perceptions of crime in Scotland. The survey is an important resource for both the government and public of Scotland. Respondents are selected at random from the Postal Address File and participation in the survey is entirely voluntary. The main aims of the SCJS are to:
  • provide reliable statistics on people's experience of crime in Scotland, including services provided to victims of crime
  • assess the varying risk of crime for different groups of people in the population
  • examine trends in the level and nature of crime in Scotland over time
  • collect information about people's experiences of, and attitudes on a range of crime and justice related issues
An important role of the SCJS is to provide an alternative and complementary measure of crime to police recorded crime statistics. For further details of the scope and methodology of the SCJS, please see documentation. Information about the survey and links to publications may be found on the Scottish Government's Scottish Crime and Justice Survey webpages.

Background and history of the SCJS
Previous surveys of victimisation in Scotland began with the Scottish components of the 1982 and 1988 sweeps of the British Crime Survey (BCS) (held at the Archive under SNs 4368 and 4599) The Scottish element of the 1988 BCS was also known as the Scottish Areas Crime Survey and coverage was limited in those early surveys to the areas south of the Caledonian Canal. From 2012, the BCS has been renamed the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) (held under GN 33174).

The first independent Scotland-only crime survey was commissioned by the Scottish Office in 1993 under the title of the Scottish Crime Survey (SCS) and was followed by repeated sweeps in 1996 (both years held together under SN 3813), and again in 2000 (SN 4542) and 2003 (SN 5756). In 2004 the survey underwent both a name change, to the Scottish Crime and Victimisation Survey (SCVS) (SN 5757), and a major methodological change, with a move away from in-home face-to-face interviewing to telephone interviewing. However, the 2006 SCVS (SN 5784) returned to face-to-face interviewing after it was shown that the robustness of the data produced by the 2004 telephone survey could not be substantiated. From 2008-2009, the series name was changed to the present title, the Scottish Crime and Justice Survey, and it moved to a repeated annual cross-sectional schedule based on financial year. From 2012-13 the SCJS moved from annual to biennial survey covering the financial year. Otherwise, the design of the SCJS 2012-13 remained largely the same as the 2010-11 survey. See documentation for further details.

Special Licence data
From 2012-13 only the Main Questionnaire data are available under standard End User Licence (EUL) agreement. The Victim Form and Self-Completion data are available under Special Licence (SL). The SL data have more restrictive access conditions than those made available under the standard EUL. Prospective users of the SL version will need to complete an extra application form and demonstrate to the data owners exactly why they need access to the additional variables in order to get permission to use that version.

The Scottish Crime and Justice Survey, 2014-2015 contains data from the Main Questionnaire only and is based on around 11,500 face-to-face interviews with adults (aged 16 or over) living in private households in Scotland. The 2014-15 sweep retains the same basic design as the 2008-09 surveys onwards, however with changes to the modular sections of the questionnaire and the reduction in sample size and fieldwork period; the design of the survey is covered in more detail in the accompanying documentation.

The Victim Form data (SN 8142) and Self-Completion data (SN 8143) are available only under Special Licence.

Main Topics:
The main questionnaire covered demographic details, perception of crime, justice system, policing, local community, sentencing, civil law, workplace abuse, harassment and the victim form screener.

Coverage, universe, methodology

Dates of fieldwork: April 2014 - May 2015 - Survey reference period was the 12 months prior to the month of interview.
Country: Scotland
Spatial units: Health Boards
Police Force Areas
Community Justice Authorities
Observation units: Individuals
Kind of data: Numeric data
Alpha/numeric data
Individual (micro) level
Universe: National
Adults aged 16+ living in random-sampled private households in Scotland (victim form subsequently completed by those who had been a victim of crime in the reference period only).
Time dimensions: Repeated cross-sectional study
The survey was conducted approximately once every three years until 2006. From 2007/08-2010/11 it was conducted on an annual, financial-year, basis. From 2012-13 the SCJS moved to become a biennial survey covering the financial year, however the 2014-15 survey is the last biennial survey. The 2016-17 survey will move back to an annual survey.
Sampling procedures: Multi-stage stratified random sample
See documentation for further details.
Number of units: 11,472 cases.
Method of data collection: Face-to-face interview
Weighting: Weighting used. See documentation for details.

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ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICEADULTSADVICE
AGEAGGRESSIVENESSALCOHOLISM
ANTISOCIAL BEHAVIOURANXIETYARREST
ASSAULTASSISTANCE ALARM SYSTEMSATTITUDES
BICYCLESBULLYINGBURGLARY
CAMERASCARE STANDARDSCHILD BEHAVIOUR
CHILDRENCIVIL LAWCOMMUNITIES
COMMUNITY SERVICE (PUNISHMENT)CONFLICT RESOLUTIONCOSTS
COURTSCREDIT CARD USECRIME PREVENTION
CRIME VICTIMSCRIMINAL DAMAGECRIMINAL INVESTIGATION
CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEMCRIMINALSCULTURAL IDENTITY
DEBILITATIVE ILLNESSDETENTIONDISABILITIES
DOMESTIC RESPONSIBILITIESDOMESTIC VIOLENCEDRIVING
DRUG ABUSEDRUG USEECONOMIC VALUE
EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUNDEDUCATIONAL STANDARDSEMOTIONAL STATES
EMPLOYMENTETHNIC GROUPSEVERYDAY LIFE
EVIDENCEFAMILIESFAMILY MEMBERS
FEAR OF CRIMEFEARFINANCIAL COMPENSATION
FINANCIAL RESOURCESFINESFRAUD
FREQUENCYFRIENDSFULL-TIME EMPLOYMENT
GENDERHARASSMENTHEALTH SERVICES
HEALTHHOME OWNERSHIPHOUSEHOLDS
HOUSING TENUREHOUSINGHUMAN BEHAVIOUR
INCOMEINJURIESINSURANCE CLAIMS
INSURANCEINTERPERSONAL CONFLICTINTERPERSONAL RELATIONS
INTRUDER ALARM SYSTEMSJUVENILE DELINQUENCYLANDLORDS
LEGAL PROCEDURELIFE STYLESLIGHTING
LOCATIONLOCKSMARITAL STATUS
MEDICAL CAREMENTAL DISORDERSMONEY
MOTOR VEHICLESNEWSPAPER READERSHIPNON-CUSTODIAL PUNISHMENT
OFFENCESOFFENSIVE TELEPHONE CALLSORGANIZATIONS
PARENTAL SUPERVISIONPART-TIME EMPLOYMENTPERFORMANCE
PLACE OF RESIDENCEPOLICE OFFICERSPOLICE SERVICES
PRISON SENTENCESPRISONSPROBATION
PROSECUTION SERVICEPSYCHOLOGICAL EFFECTSPUBLIC INFORMATION
PUBLIC TRANSPORTQUALITY OF LIFERACIAL CONFLICT
RACIAL DISCRIMINATIONREDRESS OF GRIEVANCESREFUSE
REHABILITATION (MEDICAL)RELIGIOUS AFFILIATIONRISK
ROAD SAFETYROBBERYSAFETY AND SECURITY MEASURES
SAFETY AND SECURITYSATISFACTIONSCOTLAND
SEXUAL ABUSESEXUAL ASSAULTSEXUAL HARASSMENT
SEXUAL OFFENCESSHELTERED HOUSINGSOCIAL HOUSING
SOCIAL SUPPORTSOCIO-ECONOMIC STATUSSPOUSES
TELEPHONESTHEFT PROTECTIONTHEFT
TRAFFIC OFFENCESUNEMPLOYMENTVAGRANTS
WEAPONSWORKPLACEYOUTH

Administrative and access information

Date of release:
First edition: 06 March 2017
Copyright: Crown copyright material is reproduced with the permission of the Controller of HMSO and the Queen's Printer for Scotland
Access conditions: The depositor has specified that registration is required and standard conditions of use apply. The depositor may be informed about usage. See terms and conditions of access for further information.
Availability: UK Data Service
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Documentation

Title File Name Size (KB)
SCJS, 2014/15: Original Variable Labels file_3_data_dictionary_20161208.xlsx 48
SCJS, 2014/15: Disclosure Control Report 8141_scjs_2014-15_analysis_disclosure.pdf 284
SCJS, 2014/15: Questionnaire 8141_scjs_2014-15_questionnaire.pdf 1005
SCJS, 2014/15: Technical Report 8141_scjs_2014-15_technical_report.pdf 1711
Study information and citation UKDA_Study_8141_Information.htm 6
READ File read8141.htm 10

Publications

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By principal investigator(s):
Publications based on the SCS, SCVS and SCJS series from 1993 onwards, may be found on the Scottish Government Crime, Law, Justice and Rights publications webpage.

Resulting from secondary analysis:
Taulbut, M. and Walsh, D. (2013) Poverty, parenting and poor health: comparing early years' experiences in Scotland, England and three city regions, Glasgow Centre for Population Health, February. Retrieved August 2, 2013 from http://www.gcph.co.uk/assets/0000/3817/Poverty__parenting_and_poor_health.pdf


McVie, S., Norris, P. and Pillinger, R. (2016) 'Scottish Crime and Justice Survey workshop: Workbook 1: Analysing the Datasets', University of Edinburgh

Pillinger, R., McVies, S. and Matthews, B. (2016) Scottish Crime and Justice Survey workshop: Workbook 2: Merging the SCJS Datasets', University of Edinburgh

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