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HOMICIDE AND RELATED OFFENCES
There were 89 victims of Homicide and related offences recorded in Queensland during 2017, the lowest number of victims since the beginning of the time series in 2010.
In 2017, the number of victims of Attempted Murder decreased by 38% from 73 victims in 2016 (which was the highest level since the beginning of the time series in 2010) to 45 victims in 2017. The number of victims of Murder increased by 11%, from 37 victims in 2016 to 41 victims in 2017. (Table 6)
Footnote(s): (a) Homicide and related offences includes Murder, Attempted murder and Manslaughter. Excludes Driving causing death.
Source(s): Recorded Crime – Victims
Males comprised 71% of victims of Homicide (63 victims) in Queensland in 2017. From 2016 to 2017, the number of female victims of Homicide decreased by more than half (53% or 29 victims), while the number of male victims increased by 2 victims. (Table 12)
In 2017, female victims were more likely to know the offender (13 victims) than to be victimised by a stranger (10 victims). In comparison, males were more likely to be victimised by a stranger (32 victims) than someone who was known to them (26 victims). (Table 12)
In 2017, of all recorded Homicides:
The number of victims of Sexual assault recorded in Queensland increased for the sixth consecutive year to 4,751 victims in 2017, a rate of 96 victims of Sexual assault per 100,000 persons. Four in five victims (83%) of Sexual assault were female (3,954 victims). (Tables 6 and 7)
Half of all female victims of Sexual assault were aged between 10 and 19 years (1,988 victims). Victims aged between 0 and 14 years accounted for just over half (51%) of male Sexual assault victims (402 victims). (Table 7)
In 2017 the majority (70%) of Sexual assaults were experienced at a residential location (3,307 victims). Over two-thirds of victims knew the offender (72% or 3,418 victims). For victims who knew the offender, the majority was a non-family member (56% or 1,924 victims). Non-family member includes a variety of relationships such as ex-partners, foster parents, teachers, acquaintances, colleagues, friends, etc. (Tables 8 and 11)
The number of Robbery victims recorded in Queensland increased for the third consecutive year, up by 14% to 1,845 victims from 2016 to 2017. Nearly a third of all Robberies in Queensland occurred on the street/footpath (594 victims). (Tables 6 and 8)
Unarmed robbery accounted for the majority of the increase between 2016 and 2017 (up 24% or 187 victims) and now represents the majority (52%) of Robbery victims for the first time since 2011. (Table 6)
Source(s): Recorded Crime – Victims
Between 2016 and 2017 the number of victims of Unlawful entry with intent, Motor vehicle theft and Other theft increased.
The number of victims of Unlawful entry with intent increased by 9% (2,937 victims) to 37,258 victims in 2017. The majority of victims (66%) had property stolen during the incident (24,585 victims). (Table 6)
The number of victims of Motor vehicle theft increased by 8%, from 10,172 victims in 2016 to 11,031 victims in 2017. The majority (58%) of Motor vehicle theft occurred at a residential location (6,395 victims). (Tables 6 and 8)
Between 2016 and 2017, the number of victims of Other theft increased by 5% to 115,498 victims, which was the largest number of victims recorded since the beginning of the time series in 2010.
Two in five victims of Other theft reported the offence occurred at a retail location (43%), which increased by 8% between 2016 and 2017, from 45,681 victims to 49,563 victims. (Tables 6, 8 and historical data)
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