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4510.0 - Recorded Crime - Victims, Australia, 2011  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 07/06/2012   
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Contents >> Victims of assault, states and territories >> Relationship of offender to victim

RELATIONSHIP OF OFFENDER TO VICTIM

In 2011, male victims were more likely to identify that they were assaulted by a stranger than female victims of assault, with 40% (15,753) of male victims in New South Wales identifying the offender as a stranger, 51% (4,363) of male victims in South Australia, 37% (861) of male victims in the Northern Territory and 37% (471) of male victims in the Australian Capital Territory. This is compared to 15% (4,663) of female victims in New South Wales, 17% (1,271) of female victims in South Australia, 9.5% (409) of female victims in the Northern Territory and 17% (158) of female victims in the Australian Capital Territory.

This is in contrast to female victims of assault who were more likely to identify a family member as the offender. The Northern Territory had the largest proportion of female victims identifying the offender as a family member (62% or 2,681). In New South Wales, there were 49% (15,511) of female victims who identified the offender as family member, 44% (3,352) of female victims in South Australia, and 43% (407) of victims in the Australian Capital Territory.

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