This publication presents statistics about crime victimisation for a selected range of offences that came to the attention of, and were recorded by, police between 1 January 2013 to 31 December 2013. Data is derived from administrative systems maintained by state and territory police agencies, and has been compiled according to national standards in order to maximise consistency.
It should be noted that this collection does not enumerate the number of unique person or organisation victims. Therefore, it is not meaningful to aggregate the number of victims across each offence type, as this cannot produce a 'total number of victims.' It is only meaningful to look at victim counts within each offence category.
The Victims of Crime, Australia section presents nationally aggregated statistics about victims of a selected range of offences that came to the attention of state and territory police, including comparisons over time. This section provides a breakdown of the selected offences by victim characteristics (age and sex), characteristics of the incident (weapon use and location), and the outcome of police investigations at 30 days.
The Victims of Crime, States and Territories section presents information about victims of a selected range of offences by states and territories, including statistics relating to the relationship of the offender to the victim. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island statistics are presented for New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and the Northern Territory only (refer to Explanatory Notes paragraphs 49–51).
The Victims of Assault, States and Territories section presents information about victims of assault, including statistics relating to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status of victims where available. Assault statistics are only available for New South Wales, South Australia, Western Australia, the Northern Territory, and the Australian Capital Territory (refer to Explanatory Notes paragraphs 17–21).
The Explanatory Notes provide detailed information on the data sources, scope, counting rules, data comparability and other technical matters associated with this publication.
For ease of reading, some terms have been abbreviated throughout this publication. The offence category 'unlawful entry with intent/burglary, break and enter' has been abbreviated to 'unlawful entry with intent', and 'homicide and related offences' has been abbreviated to 'homicide'.