4510.0 - Recorded Crime - Victims, Australia, 2015 Quality Declaration 
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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 2015. Note that Assault data is not published for Victoria or Queensland (see Explanatory Notes paragraphs 86-87).

The statistics presented in this section are drawn from the following Data Cubes:
  • Victims of Crime, Selected characteristics, states and territories
  • Victims of Crime, Relationship of offender to victim, selected states and territories
  • Victims of Crime, Assault, selected states and territories
  • Victims of Crime, Homicide and related offences, states and territories

In Australia between 2014 and 2015:
  • There was little change in the number of Homicide victims across most states and territories. The largest numerical movement was a 12 victim increase (33%) in Western Australia;
  • Victims of Assault increased in all selected states and territories except New South Wales (decrease of less than 1% or 436 victims) and the Northern Territory (decrease of 4% or 298 victims);
  • Sexual assault victims increased in every state and territory except Tasmania (decrease of 30% or 67 victims) and the Northern Territory (decrease of 2% or 10 victims);
  • Kidnapping and Abduction victims increased or were steady in most states and territories, although New South Wales decreased by 16% (48 victims);
  • The number of Robbery victims declined in New South Wales (decrease of 24% or 920 victims), South Australia (decrease of 23% or 170 victims), the Australian Capital Territory (decrease of 21% or 35 victims) and Western Australia (decrease of less than 1% or 4 victims) - for each of those states and territories, the number of Robbery victims decreased to their lowest level since the beginning of the time series in 2010;
  • Victims of Blackmail/extortion either increased or was steady in most states and territories, although there was a 35% (36 victims) decrease in Queensland; and
  • Victims of all three property crime offence groups (Unlawful entry with intent, Motor vehicle theft and Other theft) increased in the Australian Capital Territory, Tasmania, Western Australia and Victoria.

Graph Image for VICTIMS, Percentage change for selected offences, states and territories, 2014 to 2015

Source(s): Recorded Crime - Victims