4510.0 - Recorded Crime - Victims, Australia, 2013 Quality Declaration 
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VICTIMS OF ASSAULT, STATES AND TERRITORIES

INTRODUCTION
This section presents statistics about victims of assault that were recorded by state and territory police during the period of 1 January 2013 to 31 December 2013. Assault data presented in this section is only available for New South Wales, South Australia, Western Australia, the Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory. For more information refer to Explanatory Notes paragraphs 17–21.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status data for victims of assault is only presented for New South Wales, South Australia, and the Northern Territory (for more information refer to Explanatory Notes paragraph 50).

The data in this chapter is drawn from the Data Cubes titled:

Victims of Assault, selected states and territories (Tables 23-27);

Victims of Crime, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status, selected states and territories (Tables 17-22); and

Supplementary data cube – Victims of Crime, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status, revised ERP (Tables 28-33).

VICTIMS OF ASSAULT

Between 2012 and 2013:

The number of recorded victims of assault increased in the Northern Territory (12% to 7,934 victims) and Western Australia (9.5% to 25,306 victims);

In the Australian Capital Territory the number of recorded victims of assault decreased by 11% (to 1,809 victims); and

In New South Wales and South Australia the number of recorded victims of assault has remained stable since 2012.


Across all selected states and territories:

Persons aged between 25 and 34 years accounted for a larger proportion of assault victims than any other age group;

Victims of assault more commonly reported that no weapon was used by the offender;

Assault was more likely to have occurred at a residential or community location; and

A larger proportion of victims reported knowing the offender.


Graph Image for ASSAULT VICTIMS(a), Location by selected states and territories, 2013

Footnote(s): (a) Due to differences in recording practices, data for selected states and territories are available (see Explanatory Notes paragraphs 35-49). (b) Includes administrative/professional, banking, wholesale, warehousing/storage, manufacturing, agricultural, other location n.e.c., other location n.f.d, and unspecified location.

Source(s): ASSAULT VICTIMS(a), Location by selected states and territories, 2013-Ch3