December 13, 2017

DHS Seeking Partner College or University to Host 2108 NTTX
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is seeking a partner college or university to serve as the host institution for the 2018 National Seminar and Tabletop Exercise for Institutions of Higher Education (NTTX) anticipated to be held in October 2018. The final event date will be dependent on the host institution's schedule and availability.
The NTTX is the culminating event in the DHS Campus Resilience Program Tabletop Exercise Series, a sequence of campus-based events to evaluate campus resilience and  strengthen institutions' preparedness, response, and recovery capabilities. Each event in the series includes seminars or workshops focused on a specific resilience-related topic impacting the higher education community.
The 2018 NTTX will be a two-day event involving up to 450 attendees and staff participating in a multi-module tabletop exercise, seminar, workshop sessions, and an after-action review. The topic for this year's NTTX will be  threats of campus disorder at a large-scale event .
Working in coordination with the DHS Office of Academic Engagement, a host institution serves as the venue for the event, supporting space, technology, and other logistical requirements. Interested institutions should review the anticipated specifications and logistics document before submitting an application. If your college or university would like to be considered as the 2018 event's host, you may apply online  by 11:59 PM ET on Wednesday, January 10, 2018
If you have questions or would like additional information, please contact DHS at

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BJS Issues 2016 Crime Victimization Data
Earlier this month, the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) released its annual report on criminal victimization in 2016. The report includes data on violent crimes (rape or sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, and simple assault) and property crimes (household burglary, motor vehicle theft, and theft). It also includes statistics on domestic violence, intimate partner violence, injury to victims, and weapon use. The information is collected from the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS), which reaches out to a nationally representative sample of U.S. households on nonfatal crimes, reported and not reported to the police, against persons age 12 or older.
Changes were made to the NCVS sample in 2016 to reflect population changes based on the 2010 Decennial Census and to produce state- and local-level victimization estimates, which will be released in early 2018. Due to these changes, direct comparisons between 2016 and 2015 data are limited, but among sampled areas that did not change, there was no measurable difference in rates of violent or property crime from 2015 to 2016.
Key findings from the report include the following:
  • In 2016, U.S. residents age 12 or older experienced 5.7 million violent victimizations, or 21.1 victimizations per 1,000 persons.
  • Persons ages 12 to 34 had higher rates of violent victimization than persons age 35 or older. 
  • Fewer than half (42%) of all violent victimizations committed in 2016 were reported to police. Rape or sexual assault (23%) and simple assault (38%) were less likely to be reported to police than robbery (54%) and aggravated assault (58%).This is consistent with what campus public safety officers, police, and title IX coordinators report on campuses.
  • There were 1.1 million domestic violence victimizations in 2016. More than half of these (597,740) were committed by an intimate partner, which could be a current or former spouse, boyfriend, or girlfriend.
  • Overall, only 1 in 10 victims received assistance from a victim service provider after their victimization. Victim service providers are publicly or privately funded organizations that provide victims with support and services to aid in their physical and emotional recovery, offer protection from future victimizations, guide them through the criminal justice system, and assist them in obtaining restitution. 
To review all the data, including an explanation of the NCVS sample changes and its implications, download the  Criminal Victimization, 2016 (PDF) complete report from our library.

Professional Development Opportunities

Title: Student Data in Times of Crisis: Collecting and Managing Data of Displaced Students
Organization: Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems
Date: December 18, 2017 at 1:00PM ET
Location: Online
Fee: Free      
Title: Disability Awareness Training for Law Enforcement
Organization: Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services
Date: January 9, 2018
Location: Salem, VA
Fee: Free
Title: 2018 NASPA Strategies Conferences:
  • Alcohol, Other Drug, and Campus Violence Prevention
  • Mental Health
  • Sexual Violence Prevention and Response
  • Well-being and Health Promotion Leadership
  • Organization: NASPA-Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education
    Dates: January 18-20, 2018
    Location: Portland, OR
    Fee: Registration fee

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    This project was supported by Grant No. 2013-MU-BX-K011 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime, and the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the US Department of Justice.