In 2007, the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) in South Africa conducted a national victims survey with the aim of measuring crime trends in the country, public perceptions about crime and safety, as well as confidence in the criminal justice system. The study covered all 9 provinces in South Africa and a total of 4 500 interviews were conducted across the study locations
Kind of Data
Sample survey data
Unit of Analysis
Households and individuals
v1: Edited, anonymised dataset for licensed access
The Victim Survey 2007 aimed at collecting information on beliefs about and experiences of crime, including personal safety, individual and community response to crime, victim support and other interventions, citizen interaction / social cohesion, police, courts and corruption
The lowest level of geographic aggregation covered by the data is province
The survey was based on a representative sample of the population; both male and female respondents aged 16 years and above and who are residents in South Africa.
Producers and sponsors
Institute for Security Studies
Danish Embassy in Pretoria
International Development Research Centre
Multi-stage cluster sampling was utilised, with Enumerator Areas (EAs) from the 2001 Census selected at the first stage of the sampling, households within the EAs at the second stage, and individuals within the household at the third stage. Based on the total number of households in South Africa (identified by the 2001 Census as 11,205,705), a total of 80,787 EAs were allocated. The total sample size was determined to be 4,050 households. The sample was calculated at a 95% confidence interval, and with a design effect of two. Ten interviews were collected from each EA. The distribution of the sample through the provinces is reflected in the table below. In total, a sample of 4,860 was realised.
Households were selected randomly in the following manner: Maps of the EAs were obtained prior to entry of the EA, and random starting points selected. The household nearest to the starting point was selected, and a household interval randomly selected by the supervisor using the day, week and month of the interview. Every nth household was then completed until the target number of interviews was obtained. Respondents over the age of 16 years were then randomly selected for interview using a KISH grid.
In order to correct slight discrepancies between census data (based on the 2001 SSA Census) and the demographics of the sample achieved, the data was weighted by province, race, gender, age and employment status. This is consistent with the process followed in the 1998 Victims of Crime survey and ensured that the findings are truly representative of the South African population as a whole.
Dates of Data Collection
Data Collection Mode
Data Collection Notes
An independent company, Markinor, undertook the fieldwork for the survey
Capture was undertaken on Epi-Info. A process of double capture was undertaken in order to eliminate capture error.
Licensed use files, available for non-commercial use only
Institute for Security Studies.Victim Survey 2007 [dataset]. Version 1. Pretoria: Institute for Security Studies [producer],2008. Cape Town: DataFirst [distributor], 2012. DOI: https://doi.org/10.25828/heqe-sb78