4510.0 - Recorded Crime - Victims, Australia, 2015 Quality Declaration 
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 13/07/2016   
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The number of victims of Homicide and related offences in New South Wales decreased by 8% from 110 victims in 2014 to 101 victims in 2015. Males accounted for the majority of Homicide victims, 70% (70 victims). The most prevalent age range for Homicide victims was 35-54 (37%). (Tables 25 & 26)

Nearly two in three (60%) victims of Homicide knew the offender. The most prevalent location was ‘residential’, representing 63% or 64 victims. (Tables 27 & 29)

Of all offences in NSW, weapon use was most prevalent for Homicide. A weapon was recorded in three in five Homicide victims. The most frequent weapon used was a firearm, which was used in over a quarter (28%) of incidents of Homicide. (Tables 9, 27 & 34)


The number of Assault victims in New South Wales stayed relatively stable in 2015, decreasing less than 1 per cent from 65,576 victims in 2014 to 65,140 victims. The most prevalent age for Assault victims was 25-34, which accounted for a quarter of Assault victims (16,118). (Table 31)

More than four in five (84%) female Assault victims knew the offender, while over half (55%) of male Assault victims knew the offender. Over two-thirds (69%) of female victims were assaulted in a residential location, compared to 43% of males. (Tables 32 & 33)

The number of victims of Assault with a weapon has declined for the last five years in NSW. In 2015, weapons were used in 6% of Assaults, which was the lowest proportion of weapon use for Assault for all selected states and territories presented. When a weapon was reported as part of an offence, over half of weapons reported were a knife. (Table 34)

Nearly nine in ten (87%) Assault victims aged between 0 and 9 knew the offender, and a parent was the offender for over half (54%) of these victims. (Table 35)


The number of victims of Sexual assault in New South Wales increased by 5% from 8,192 in 2014 to 8,603 victims in 2015. Females were nearly four times more likely to be a victim of Sexual assault than males, representing 79% (or 6,829) of victims. The most prevalent age of Sexual assault victims was 15 to 19 years (24%). (Tables 6 & 7)

Nearly four in five (78%) Sexual assault victims knew the offender and the offender was a family member for 31% of victims. For victims aged 0-9, 90% of victims knew the offender and half (52%) were victimised by a family member. The most prevalent location for Sexual assault was residential, accounting for nearly three in five (59%) incidents of victimisation. (Tables 8, 12 & 13)


The number of Robbery victims in New South Wales decreased for a fifth consecutive year, down 920 victims (24%) from 3,850 in 2014 to 2,930. This was the largest percentage decrease in 2015 of all offences in New South Wales. (Table 6)

Males were three times more likely than females to be the victim of Robbery, accounting for 76% or 1,925 victims. The most prevalent age for Robbery victims was 25-34 year olds (26%). (Table 7)

The most common location for Robbery was community, accounting for over half (51%) of locations of victimisation (1,499 victims). (Table 8)


In New South Wales, numbers of victims for both Unlawful entry with intent and Motor vehicle theft fell for the fifth straight year, decreasing by 6% and 8% respectively in 2015. The most prevalent location for both of these offences was residential, accounting for 75% of the Unlawful entry with intent victims and 45% of the Motor vehicle theft victims. (Tables 6 & 8)

The number of victims of Other theft decreased in 2015 to hit a 6 year low of 135,407 victims. (Table 6)