Hospital-based Victim Services Frame Development

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Hospital-based Victim Services Frame Development

The Hospital-based Victim Services Frame Development (HVSFD) is the collection of a comprehensive list of services and programs that serve victims of crime and/or abuse within hospitals. Hospitals are often on the front lines of serving victims of crime and/or abuse. The HVSFD is the first step in better understanding the provision of victim services within hospitals. The HVSFD is a  joint partnership between the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) within the Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)external icon within the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs.


This is the second partnership between BJS and NCHS. They are both federal statistical agencies.

BJS collects, analyzes, and disseminates information on all aspects of the criminal justice system, including victimization and victim service provision. NCHS, as the nation’s principal health statistics agency, routinely conducts health surveys in households and various health care settings, including hospitals.

Data Collection

***The data collection for HVSFD started on January 9, 2020 and will end on April 6, 2020***

Hospital staff will be asked to complete a short (15 minute) telephone interview. Each victim service program or service within the hospital will be identified along with the name and contact information for each program coordinator. These interviews will be conducted by RTI International, the data collection contractor.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Why is it important that hospitals participate in the HVSFD?

It is important that hospitals participate in the HVSFD because they will assist us with developing a list of victim services that can be used by future surveys. The list will help to provide initial information about the number of programs across the nation and yielding up to date contact information for all providers.

Who is funding the HVSFD?

BJS, with support from the Office for Victims of Crime, has entered an inter-agency agreement with NCHS and has provided funding for this project.

Are there any other efforts like HVSFD?

Currently, there are no other efforts collecting the type of data on hospitals that the HVSFD is collecting. BJS recently conducted the National Census/Survey of Victim Service Providersexternal icon, which is an effort to gather information from all types of victim service providers to include law enforcement, community providers, and medical providers.

What types of questions will be asked?

Questions include the name of programs and services for victims of crime and/or abuse and the point of contact information for those services. Plans for future services, and the identification of electronic systems that track victim cases are also gathered.

How will my data be used?

The data will be used to build a list of all the hospital-based programs and services specifically for victims of crime and/or abuse. The list will serve as the basis for developing a sampling frame of hospitals offering victim services and can be used to conduct future surveys about hospitals offering victim services and programs.

         Project Team          NCHS        BJS
              Carol DeFrances        Heather Brotsos                      Geoff Jackson        Barbara Oudekerk              Juliana McAllister        Heather Warnken                                                                                                 CDC and NIH logo BJS and DOJ logo

                                           For more information about the HVSFD project, please contact Juliana McAllister at

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