Victims of violent crime statistics
|Note: Number of victims presented here represents revised estimates on numbers published in earlier editions of Australian crime: facts & figures|
- Assaults continue to represent the majority of recorded violent crimes. The overall trend since 1996 has been upward, with an increase of 55 percent between 1996 and 2007.
- The trend in sexual assault has also followed a general increase. The highest numbers of victims of sexual assault and of assault were recorded in 2007.
- There were 282 victims of homicide in 2007: a 12 percent decrease from 2006 and the lowest number recorded in the past 12 years.
- Continuing the trend since 2004, robbery offences increased again in 2007, to 17,988.
- The number of recorded kidnappings fluctuates from year to year. From 1996 to 2004, kidnappings registered a general increase, but the number of victims of kidnapping has remained relatively steady following a decline in 2005.
Annual change in number of victims of selected violent crimes, from 2002 to 2007 (percent)
a: Robbery is classified as a violent crime, as the use or threat of violence is more serious than property theft
- The trends in the past five years of selected violent crimes have varied. Variability from year to year is more pronounced in offences that have fewer victims, such as homicide.
- Recorded homicide declined from 2002 to 2004, increased in 2006, and decreased again in 2007.
- Both assault and robbery have increased since 2004.
- The number of sexual assault victims has shown a fluctuating pattern, with the number of victims recorded increasing in three of the five years considered.
Recent AIC publications
- Firearm trafficking and serious and organised crime gangs
29 June 2012
- Child sexual abuse and subsequent offending and victimisation: A 45 year follow-up study
22 June 2012
- Firearm theft in Australia 2008–09
31 October 2011
- Misperceptions about child sex offenders
30 September 2011
- Armed robbery in Australia: 2008 National Armed Robbery Monitoring Program annual report
30 June 2011
- Children’s exposure to domestic violence in Australia
26 June 2011
- Knife crime: Recent data on carriage and use
18 May 2011
- ‘Knife crime’ in Australia: Incidence, aetiology and responses
18 May 2011
- Alcohol and disorderly conduct on Friday and Saturday nights
04 May 2011
- Alcohol and assault on Friday and Saturday nights
04 May 2011
- Antisocial behaviour: An examination of individual, family, and neighbourhood factors
25 February 2011
- Non-disclosure of violence in Australian Indigenous communities
19 January 2011
- Homicide in Australia: 2007–08 National Homicide Monitoring Program annual report
17 December 2010
- Integrated responses to domestic violence: Legally mandated intervention programs for male perpetrators
08 December 2010
- Armed robbery in Australia: 2007 National Armed Robbery Monitoring Program annual report
20 July 2010
- New Systems Eve - An overview of the Cairns Model approach to reduce alcohol related violence around licensed premises
31 March 2011
- Young people, risk and resilience: The challenges of alcohol, drugs and violence conference
07 March 2011
- Violence, danger, security and the night-time economy
15 June 2010