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Welcome! “SURVIVE: Suburban, Urban, Rural Violence: Investigating Victim Experiences” is a three-year study funded by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) under protocol number 2015-VF-GX-K031.

This study will increase what we know about young Black males and their victimization experiences by developing and pilot testing an instrument that captures such experiences. Black males are disproportionately impacted by violence and it often causes their disability or death. To help change that outcome, we need to learn more by generating, collecting, and analyzing data about violent victimization including: what happens, how often it happens, and how many people are impacted. We aim to: 1) develop an instrument that captures data about the victimization experiences of young Black men, 2) better understand those experiences, and 3) obtain information needed to better inform policy and practice regarding how the criminal justice system responds to young Black men who have been victimized by violence.

The first year of the study involves nine focus groups English speaking, Black males, age 18 to 24, residing in urban, suburban, and rural Illinois and interviews throughout Illinois. We will also be holding one key informant meeting in Chicago with Black women who reside in Illinois, are English-speaking, age 18 or older, and who are mothers, grandmothers, aunts, sisters, friends, spouses, girlfriends, or significant others of young Black men ages 18 to 24 who have been victimized by violence. The second and third years of the study will include interviews with 660 English speaking, Black males age 18 to 24, residing in the urban areas of Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia; suburban Cook County and suburban counties in Delaware, Georgia, and Texas; and rural counties in Alabama, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Missouri.


Greene County, Alabama Sumter County, Alabama
Lowndes County, Alabama Wilcox County, Alabama
Crenshaw County, Alabama Pickens County, Alabama
Los Angeles County, California Sussex County, Delaware
Kent County, Delaware Fulton County, Georgia
Clayton County, Georgia DeKalb County, Georgia
Cook County, Illinois Lake County, Illinois
Champaign County, Illinois Johnson County, Illinois
Madison County, Illinois Pulaski County, Illinois
St. Clair County, Illinois Winnebago County, Illinois
McCracken County, Kentucky St. Helena County, Louisiana
West Feliciana County, Louisiana Catahoula County, Louisiana
Caldwell County, Louisiana Jefferson County, Mississippi
Claiborne County, Mississippi Cape Girardeau County, Missouri
Mississippi County, Missouri New Madrid County, Missouri
Pemiscot County, Missouri Scott County, Missouri
Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania Limestone County, Texas
Nacogdoches County, Texas Navarro County, Texas
Walker County, Texas Wharton County, Texas