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4510.0 - Recorded Crime - Victims, Australia, 2014 Quality Declaration 
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 22/07/2015   
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KEY FINDINGS

FIVE YEAR LOWS IN HOMICIDE, ROBBERY AND MOTOR VEHICLE THEFT VICTIMS
  • Between 2013 and 2014 the number of recorded victims decreased for the majority of offence categories. Robbery had the largest proportional decrease of 16% (1,825 victims).
  • Homicide, kidnapping/abduction, robbery, unlawful entry with intent and motor vehicle theft victims all fell to five year lows.
INCREASE IN VICTIMS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT
  • The number of reported sexual assault victims increased for the third consecutive year, up 3% since 2013 to 20,677 victims. Victims of blackmail/extortion offences also rose (up 4% to 527 victims).
  • The sexual assault victimisation rate per 100,000 persons was 88.0 in 2014, compared to 86.6 in 2013.
  • Persons aged 19 years and under made up 60% of all sexual assault victims in 2014.
  • Females made up 83% of sexual assault victims in 2014.
Graph Image for VICTIMS, Percentage change for selected offences, 2010 to 2014

Footnote(s): (a) Excludes driving causing death.

Source(s): Recorded Crime - Victims


HIGHER PROPORTION OF FEMALE ASSAULT VICTIMS
  • The overall number of recorded assault victims decreased between 2013 and 2014 in New South Wales (5% to 65,576 victims), Western Australia (1% to 24,996 victims), the Northern Territory (9% to 7,223 victims) and the Australian Capital Territory (7% to 1,705 victims). The number increased in South Australia (5% to 16,005 victims) for the same period.
  • The number of female assault victims increased in South Australia (11% to 8,101 victims), Western Australia (3% to 14,107 victims) and the Australian Capital Territory (8% to 797 victims).
  • Females make up the majority of assault victims in South Australia (51% of all assault victims), Western Australia (56%), Tasmania (52%) and the Northern Territory (63%).
Graph Image for VICTIMS OF ASSAULT(a), Selected states and territories by sex, 2014

Footnote(s): (a) Due to differences in recording practices, data for only selected states and territories are available (see Explanatory Notes paragraphs 13-21).

Source(s): Recorded Crime - Victims



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