ABOUT THIS PUBLICATION
This publication presents national crime statistics relating to victims of a selected range of offences that have been recorded by police. These statistics provide indicators of the level and nature of recorded crime victimisation in Australia and a basis for measuring change over time. As not all crimes are reported to or recorded by police, other data sources can assist in providing a more comprehensive view of crime levels in society.
INTERPRETATION OF RESULTS
The statistics contained in this publication are derived from administrative systems maintained by state and territory police. Although national standards and classifications are used, differences over time in the level of recorded crime may reflect factors other than a change in the incidence of crime. Details of differences that impact on the statistics are in the Explanatory Notes paragraphs 36-49.
CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE
The 2010 publication marks a break in series for the collection; therefore, comparisons should not be made between data in this publication and victims data published prior to 2011. For more information, refer to paragraph 3 of the Explanatory Notes.
In the 2010 publication, there has also been a change to the structure of the Recorded Crime-Victims publication from previous issues. Chapter 1 presents an introduction to the Recorded Crime-Victims collection. Chapter 2 presents data about victims and their characteristics at the national level. Chapter 3 presents information and selected state level data about victims of assault, and explains the differences in recording assault across states and territories. Chapter 4 presents selected data about victims for selected states and territories; the relationship of an offender to the victim and the Indigenous status of victims.
Discrepancies may occur between sums of component items and totals across tables due to rounding and randomisation applied to protect the confidentiality of individuals.
INFORMATION ON ABS CRIME AND JUSTICE
More information about the Australian Bureau of Statistics' (ABS) activities in the field of crime and justice statistics is available from the Crime and Justice theme page on the ABS website. Details of other ABS publications relating to crime and justice statistics can be found in paragraph 74 of the Explanatory Notes.
The ABS acknowledges the valuable contribution of the Board of Management of the National Crime Statistics Unit (NCSU), the National Crime Statistics Advisory Group and the staff of the various agencies that provide the data that are presented in this publication.
For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or Brad Petry on Melbourne (03) 9615 7375.