4510.0 - Recorded Crime - Victims, Australia, 2017 Quality Declaration 
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There were 3 victims of Homicide and related offences recorded in the Australian Capital Territory in 2017, all of which were Attempted murder victims. (Table 6)


The number of Assault victims recorded in the Australian Capital Territory remained relatively stable since the series began, decreasing slightly from 2,352 victims in 2010 to 2,341 victims in 2017. There was less than a 1% increase (14 victims) between 2016 and 2017.

From 2010 to 2017, the victimisation rate has decreased by 80 persons per 100,000 persons. Of the six states and territories for which Assault data were available, the Australian Capital Territory had the lowest victimisation rate at 571 victims per 100,000 persons. (Table 6)

The majority of recorded Assaults in 2017 did not involve the use of a weapon (87% or 2,040 victims). (Table 9)

The number of male victims was relatively stable from the previous year, decreasing from 1,219 victims in 2016 to 1,213 victims in 2017, and continued to account for just over half (52%) of Assault victims in the Australian Capital Territory.

In 2017, female victims of Assault increased by 7% (or 76 victims) to a total of 1,107 victims. Females represented 47% of all victims of Assault. (Table 12)

The proportion of victims of Assault who knew the offender was higher for female victims than for male victims (82% compared to 50%), and for over half of these female victims (59%) the offender was identified as a family member (529 victims). In contrast, the proportion of male victims assaulted by a stranger was more than two times higher than females (34% compared to 14%). (Tables 12 and 13)


The number of victims of Sexual assault decreased by 9% between 2016 and 2017, from 272 to 249 victims. The Australian Capital Territory recorded the second lowest victimisation rate for Sexual assault in 2017 behind Tasmania (61 victims and 37 victims per 100,000 persons, respectively). (Table 6)

In 2017, there were more than seven times as many female victims of Sexual assault (217 victims) than males (30 victims). Nearly a third (32%) of female victims were aged between 15 and 19 years (70 victims), which was an increase from 24% from the previous year. (Table 15)

The majority of Sexual assaults (56%) occurred at a residential location (140 victims), with a further 24% at a community location (59 victims). A community location includes educational, health or religious locations. (Table 8)


The number of victims of Robbery recorded increased for the second consecutive year, up by 28% (50 victims) from 2016, with 226 victims in 2017. (Table 6)

Robbery most commonly occurred on a street/footpath (96 victims), followed by a retail location (76 victims). Almost two-thirds (63%) of robberies on a street/footpath were unarmed. (Table 8)

Graph Image for VICTIMS, Armed and Unarmed robbery, Australian Capital Territory

Source(s): Recorded Crime – Victims


There were increases across all types of property crime recorded in the Australian Capital Territory, the largest of which was in Motor vehicle theft which increased by 45% (or 434 victims) to 1,401 victims in 2017. This was the highest number of victims of Motor vehicle theft since the beginning of the time series in 2010. (Table 6)

Graph Image for VICTIMS OF MOTOR VEHICLE THEFT, Australian Capital Territory

Source(s): Recorded Crime – Victims


The number of victims of Unlawful entry with intent increased by 12% (276 victims) between 2016 and 2017, from 2,310 to 2,586 victims. The increase was largely due to a rise in victimisation from a dwelling (up 42% or 450 victims). Property was taken from the majority (71%) of victims of Unlawful entry with intent (1,840 victims). (Tables 6, 8 and historical data)