This Brief provides a detailed guide to national data sources that collect and report data on homicides in the United States, and some key international sources abroad. It provides in-depth coverage of well-known sources, and highlights more obscure sources, providing a useful tool for research design and planning across disciplines. This Brief includes detailed discussions of the benchmark sources in the United States: police data compiled by the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Uniform Crime Reporting Programs, as well as the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics' National Vital Statistics System. It also brings to light in one place many other less commonly-known sources for the United States. The author also highlights international data sources with worldwide data, but not country-specific studies. For each source covered, this unique work provides discussion of how to access the data source, interpret data from the source, and provides necessary background information about strengths and weaknesses of the sources. It does not presume expertise in statistics or methodology, and assumes no prior exposure to the data sources described. It is organized by data source, with some comparisons between the sources. It will be useful as a guide for researchers in Criminology and Criminal Justice, Public Administration, Demography, and any related field interested in homicide statistics. von Dobrin, Adam
Adam Dobrin, Ph.D., earned his Bachelor's degree from the College of William and Mary in Virginia, and both his Master's and Doctorate in Criminology from the University of Maryland. He is on the faculty in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida Atlantic University as an Associate Professor. While in graduate school, he authored the Statistical Handbook on Violence in America, and has been exploring issues of violence ever since, focusing primarily on public health methodologies. To further this goal, Dr. Dobrin co-founded and held positions in two Cochrane Collaboration entities: Field Coordinator for the Cochrane Justice Health Field (CJHF), and Assistant Director of the Cochrane College for Policy at George Mason University. Shifting part of his research trajectory, Dr. Dobrin recently graduated from the Indian River State College's Public Service Education Program and now volunteers as a road-patrol Deputy for his local Sheriff's Office.