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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).


Notice with comment period.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as part of its continuing efforts to reduce public burden and maximize the utility of government information, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. This notice invites comment on a proposed revision to the approved information collection project entitled “The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS)”. This project collects information about individual's experiences of sexual violence, stalking and intimate partner violence.


Written comments must be received on or before July 20, 2015.


You may submit comments, identified by Docket No. CDC-2015-0035 by any of the following methods:

Federal eRulemaking Portal: Follow the instructions for submitting comments.

Mail: Leroy A. Richardson, Information Collection Review Office, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Road NE., MS-D74, Atlanta, Georgia 30329.

Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name and Docket Number. All relevant comments received will be posted without change to, including any personal information provided. For access to the docket to read background documents or comments received, go to

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All public comment should be submitted through the Federal eRulemaking portal ( or by U.S. mail to the address listed above.

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To request more information on the proposed project or to obtain a copy of the information collection plan and instruments, contact the Information Collection Review Office, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Road NE., MS-D74, Atlanta, Georgia 30329; phone: 404-639-7570; Email:

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Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3501-3520), Federal agencies must obtain approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for each collection of information they conduct or sponsor. In addition, the PRA also requires Federal agencies to provide a 60-day notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each new proposed collection, each proposed extension of existing collection of information, and each reinstatement of previously approved information collection before submitting the collection to OMB for approval. To comply with this requirement, we are publishing this notice of a proposed data collection as described below.

Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology; and (e) estimates of capital or start-up costs and costs of operation, maintenance, and purchase of services to provide information. Burden means the total time, effort, or financial resources expended by persons to generate, maintain, retain, disclose or provide information to or for a Federal agency. This includes the time needed to review instructions; to develop, acquire, install and utilize technology and systems for the purpose of collecting, validating and verifying information, processing and maintaining information, and disclosing and providing information; to train personnel and to be able to respond to a collection of information, to search data sources, to complete and review the collection of information; and to transmit or otherwise disclose the information.

Proposed Project

National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS)—Revision—(OMB Control No. 0920-0822, Expiration—6/30/2016), National Center for Injury Prevention and Control Start Printed Page 28619(NCIPC), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Background and Brief Description

In 2010, the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Surveillance System (NISVSS) reported that approximately 6.9 million women and 5.6 million men experienced rape, physical violence and/or stalking by an intimate partner within the last year. The health care costs of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) exceed $5.8 billion each year, nearly $3.9 billion of which is for direct medical and mental health care services.

In order to address this important public health problem, CDC implemented, beginning in 2010, the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Surveillance System that produces national and state level estimates of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV), Sexual Violence (SV) and stalking on an annual basis.

This revision request is multi-faceted. CDC is requesting a continuation of data collection among non-institutionalized adult men and women aged 18 years or older in the United States assessing lifetime experiences of IPV, SV and stalking with a new and improved data collection tool. The revisions to the survey are aimed at reducing the time and complexity of the instrument, thus reducing the burden on the respondent. The simplified structure of the instrument will also reduce the complexity of the data set, making it more assessable for public use. Additionally, in collaboration with the Department of Defense (DoD), NISVS will collect information regarding the experiences of IPV, SV and stalking among active duty women and men in the military and wives of active duty men. This data collection will take place during the first three months of data collection.

To comply with OMB requirements, CDC is in the process of developing an expert panel to address methodological issues with the NISVS survey. The panel will meet multiple times over the course of the next year. The members of this panel will provide guidance on how to improve both survey design (methods, sampling frame, recruitment, mode of administration) and content/question wording with the goals of increasing response rates, reducing non-response bias, and maximizing the opportunities across Federal surveys for covering populations of interest. This change request also encompasses the implementation of the panel's recommendations to improve the survey.

In the bi-annual data collection periods, total of 170,000 households will be screened. After determining eligibility and consent, 25,000 will complete the survey. The average burden per screened respondent remains at three minutes (total burden in hours equals 8,500) while the average burden per surveyed respondent is 25 minutes (total burden in hours equals 10,417). The survey will be conducted among English or Spanish speaking male and female adults (18 years and older) living in the United States.

There are no costs to respondents other than their time.

Estimated Annualized Burden Hours

Type of respondentForm nameNumber of respondentsNumber of responses per respondentAverage burden per response (in hours)Total burden hours
Non-Participating Individuals (Screened)NISVS Survey Instrument170,00013/608,500
Eligible Individuals (Surveyed)NISVS Survey Instrument25,000125/6010,417
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Leroy A. Richardson,

Chief, Information Collection Review Office, Office of Scientific Integrity, Office of the Associate Director for Science, Office of the Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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[FR Doc. 2015-12095 Filed 5-18-15; 8:45 am]