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4510.0 - Recorded Crime - Victims, Australia, 2012 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 13/06/2013   
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NEW SOUTH WALES

In 2012, there were 119 victims of homicide recorded in New South Wales. Almost four out of five homicide victims were male (78%). Among all victims of homicide, 44% (52) knew their offender, of which 32% (37) were victimised by a non-family member.

Murder victims accounted for 64% (76) of total homicide victims. Incidents of murder were most likely to have occurred at a residential location (65% or 48 victims) and a knife was the weapon that was most commonly used (36% or 28 victims).

There were 6,671 victims of sexual assault recorded in New South Wales in 2012. About four in five sexual assault victims were female (82% or 5,464 victims). Among total victims of sexual assault, 74% (4,943) knew the offender, including 27% (1,800) who were victimised by a family member. The most common location for sexual assault victimisation was at a residential location (64% or 4,248 victims).

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in New South Wales were victims of sexual assault at more than three and a half times the rate of non-Indigenous persons (307 victims per 100,000 persons compared to 80 victims per 100,000 persons).

In New South Wales there was a greater incidence of sexual assault by a family member experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (34% or 180 victims) than non-Indigenous people (26% or 1,486 victims). In contrast, Non-Indigenous victims of sexual assault were almost twice as likely as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to have been victimised by a stranger (15% or 836 victims compared to 8% or 40 victims).


Graph Image for VICTIMS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT, Indigenous status by relationship of offender to victim-New South Wales

Footnote(s): (a) Some girlfriend/boyfriend relationships may be included in 'non-family member' (see Explanatory Notes paragraph 50). (b) Includes 'no offender identified' and 'not stated/inadequately described' (see Glossary). (c) The victim has identified/been identified as neither Aboriginal nor Torres Strait Islander. (d) Includes persons with an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status of 'not stated'.

In 2012, there were 57,461 victims of unlawful entry with intent and 17,199 victims of motor vehicle theft recorded in New South Wales. The number of victims for both these offence categories decreased (15% and 11% respectively) since 2011.

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