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

INTRODUCTION

This section presents state and territory statistics about incidents of victimisation for a selected range of offences that came to the attention of state and territory police during the period 1 January to 31 December 2013. Assault statistics for selected states and territories are presented separately in the section titled 'Victims of Assault, Selected states and territories.’

The statistics presented in this section are drawn from the following Data Cubes:

Victims of Crime, Selected characteristics, states and territories (Tables 6-10);

Victims of Crime, Relationship of offender to victim, selected states and territories (Tables 11-16); and

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


In Australia, between 2012 and 2013:

The number of homicide victims has decreased across all states and territories except New South Wales (increase of 11% or 13 victims) and the Northern Territory (increase of 4.5% or 1 victim);

The number of sexual assault victims has increased across all states and territories;

While most states and territories experienced a decrease in the number of kidnapping/abduction victims, an increase was recorded for Victoria (increase of 22% or 27 victims), Northern Territory (increase from 0 to 3 victims), and the Australian Capital Territory (increase of 1 victim);

The number of robbery victims has decreased across all states and territories;

There has been little change in the number of blackmail/extortion victims across most states and territories, except in Victoria (increase of 25% or 36 victims) and Queensland (increase of 109% or 50 victims);

The number of unlawful entry with intent victims has decreased across all states and territories except New South Wales (increase of 2.0% or 1,123 victims) and Tasmania (1.0% or 34 victims);

The number of motor vehicle theft victims has decreased across all states and territories; and

The number of other theft victims has decreased across all states and territories except Tasmania (increase of 8.8% or 501 victims).


Graph Image for VICTIMS, Percentage change(a) for selected offences, states and territories, 2012 to 2013

Footnote(s): (a) Caution should be used when comparing percentage change figures across offences and states and territories. Percentage change should be observed in conjunction with number change, as large percentage changes may be produced by small number changes based on a small population. (b) Excludes driving causing death. (c) New South Wales kidnapping/abduction figures may be overstated (see Explanatory Notes paragraph 60). (d) Victoria may not always be able to identify where a victim of unlawful entry with intent has had property taken (see Explanatory Notes paragraph 65). (e) South Australian motor vehicle theft figures may be understated (see Explanatory Notes paragraph 70). (f) Western Australian sexual assault figures may be understated (see Explanatory Notes paragraph 74).

Source(s): VICTIMS, Percentage change(a) for selected offences, states and territories, 2012 to 2013-Victims, Percentage change for selected offences, states and territories, 2012 to 2013