4510.0 - Recorded Crime - Victims, Australia, 2010 Quality Declaration 
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 23/06/2011   
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In 2010, there were 28,500 victims of assault in Victoria, with an overall victimisation rate of 513.7 victims per 100,000 persons.

Sex and Age

Males accounted for 56% (15,850) of victims of assault, compared to 42% (12,030) female assault victims. For both males and females, the highest proportion of victims were aged between 25 and 34 years, comprising 25% (3,949) of all assault victims for males and 26% (3,062) for females.

Relationship of offender to victim

In 2010, male victims were most likely to be assaulted by a person unknown to them, with 36% (5,777) of male victims identifying the offender as a stranger. This is contrary to females, with 41% (4,929) of victims identifying a family member as the offender. In 11% (1,763) of cases, male victims in Victoria were assaulted by a family member.

Victims of assault, Sex by relationship of offender to victim-Victoria
Graph: Victims of assault, Sex by relationship of offender to victim–Victoria

Weapon use and Location of offence

Assault victims in Victoria were most likely to be assaulted without a weapon (90%), than with a weapon (10%). The most common location of assaults for male victims was in community areas (47% or 7,399 victims), followed by residential locations (31% or 4,918 victims). For females, the most common location for assaults was in residential locations (63% or 7,538 victims), followed by community areas (24% or 2,919 victims).

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