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The Offending, Crime and Justice Survey (OCJS) (also sometimes known as the Crime and Justice Survey), is the first national longitudinal, self-report offending survey for England and Wales. The series began in 2003, the initial survey representing the first wave in a planned four-year rotating panel study. The OCJS is commissioned by the Home Office, with the overall objective of providing a solid base for measuring prevalence of offending and drug use in the general population of England and Wales. The survey was developed in response to a significant gap in data on offending in the general population, as opposed to particular groups such as convicted offenders. A specific aim of the series is to monitor trends in offending among young people.

Main Topics/Subject Category
Household grid (conducted using Computer Assisted Personal Interviewing (CAPI)), socio-demographic characteristics (CAPI), neighbourhood (CAPI), attitudes to the criminal justice system (CAPI), contact with criminal justice system (part 1) (CAPI), victimisation (CAPI), antisocial behaviour (conducted using Audio Computer Assisted Self-Interviewing (ACASI)), white collar/'hi-tech' crime (ACASI), offending - count/follow-up (ACASI), offending - nature (conducted using Computer Assisted Self-Interviewing (CASI)), contact with criminal justice system (part 2) (CASI), domestic violence (CASI), drinking (CASI), drug use (CASI), health, lifestyle and risk factors (CASI), reactions to the survey and recontact (CASI).
England and Wales, academic achievement, age, alcohol consumption, alcoholism, amphetamines, antisocial behaviour, anxiety, arrest, aspiration, assault, bicycles, bullying, burglary, cannabis, career, children, cinema attendance, clothing, cocaine, cohabitation, community life, community service (punishment), consumer goods, court cases, credit card use, crime, crime victims, criminal courts, criminal damage, criminal justice system, criminals, cultural goods, domestic violence, drinking behaviour, drug abuse, drug addiction, drug trafficking, economic activity, ecstasy (drug), educational certificates, emotional states, employees, employment, employment history, english (language), ethnic groups, families, family life, fathers, fraud, frequency, friends, full-time employment, gender, groups, hallucinogenic drugs, health, health advice, higher education, homelessness, household income, householders, households, housing conditions, housing tenure, income, injuries, internet use, interpersonal conflict, intimidation, judgments (legal), juries, juvenile delinquency, law enforcement, leisure time activities, literacy, management, marital status, medicinal drugs, mental disorders, methadone, money, moral values, mothers, motivation, neighbourhoods, neighbours, noise pollution
Identifier Variables
GOR, standard regions, police force areas
Economic/Subject Categories
Area of Health System
Data Available
Risk behaviours, Socio-economic, Demographic
Data collecting organization (s)
Home Office
Data Type
Survey (longitudinal)
Coverage (date of field work)
2003, 2004, 2005, 2006
Unit of Analysis

*2003: Persons aged 10-65 years, resident in private households in England and Wales, Core sample: 6,892. Young person boost: 3,187. Ethnic boost sample: 2,638. *2004: Persons aged 10-25 years, resident in private households in England and Wales, Overall sample: 5,205. Panel sample: 3,363. New sample (respondents added at 2004 wave): 1,842. *2005: Persons aged 10-25 years, resident in private households in England and Wales, Overall sample: 4,980. Panel sample: 4,164. New sample (respondents added at 2005 wave): 816. *2006: Persons aged 10-29 years, resident in private households in England and Wales, Overall sample: 5,353. Panel sample: 4,554. New sample (respondents added at 2006 wave): 799.

ESDS Access and Preservation, UK Data Archive
Conditions of Access
Free registration access
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