Introduction to the Scottish Crime and Justice Survey

University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, High School Yards, Friday, November 22, 2013 - 09:00 to 12:45

This one-day event on the Scottish Crime and Justice Survey was divided into two sessions. The morning session was a seminar  introducing the survey and the afternoon session was a practical data workshop for those who would like to use the data themselves.

Crime surveys in Scotland were introduced in 1981 to provide an alternative measure of victimisation to that provided by police recorded crime data.  The Scottish Crime and Justice Survey (and its predecessor the Scottish Crime Survey) is a large-scale national survey of crime victimisation carried out across Scotland.  In recent years, it has become one of the Scottish Government’s flagship social surveys but it has a limited set of regular users.  This event aims to raise awareness and knowledge about the Scottish Crime and Justice Survey (SCJS). 

This half-day seminar on the SCJS included a detailed introduction to the background, design and methodology of the survey, and why it is important in policy terms.

Presentation Name Presenter

Background to and policy importance of the SCJS



Wojciech Hupert, Scottish Government



Survey design, development and fieldwork


Leon Page, TNS-BMRB

Exploring partner and domestic abuse in Scotland


Sarah MacQueen, University of Edinburgh

Investigating the under-use of victim support services


Stephanie Fohring, University of Edinburgh

Understanding patterns in violence victimisation using latent class analysis


Susan McVie, University of Edinburgh

In addition to the presentations provided above, there is also 'A guide to using Scottish and UK datasets' available here.