Victim reports

This data has now been superseded and is for historical reference only. For the most accurate data, the Crime Statistics Agency (CSA) recommends the use of data from the most recent release. The CSA does not recommend the use of this data to make comparisons over time.

A victim report is counted when an individual, business or organisation is recorded on LEAP as being a victim of one or more criminal offences. A victim report involves only one victim but can involve multiple offences and alleged offenders. One report may involve offences that occur over a period of time but if processed by Victoria Police as one report it will have a count of one in the data presented in this section.

Where there were multiple offences recorded within the one victim report, the report is represented by an assigned offence category of the most serious offence, this is referred to as the principal offence.

Key movements in the number and rate of victim reports

Victorian victim reports and rate per 100,000 population, 10 year trend

 

In the last 12 months there was an increase of 1,663 victim reports and an increase of 10.5% or 28,730 victim reports from the year ending June 2010. The rate per 100,000 population decreased in the last 12 months to the lowest in the CSA data holdings, which go back to July 2004.

Number of victim reports by principal offence category

In order to assign an offence type to a victim report with multiple offences, the most serious offence within a report is determined and this becomes the principal offence for the victim report.

Of the 301,099 victim reports in the last 12 months, 234,447 (77.9%) had a principal offence of Property and deception offences, 66,472 reports (22.1%) were Crimes against the person and the remaining 180 victim reports were Other offences. The proportion of victim reports with a principal offence of Crimes against the person has increased in the last five years from 19.4% in the year ending June 2015.

Sex and age of victims

In the last 12 months, 218,923 victims were people (72.7%) and 82,176 victims were businesses or organisations (27.3%). These proportions have remained consistent over time. Over the last five years the number of person victims increased (5.1% or 10,712 victim reports) as did business or organisation victims (11.7% or 8,583 victim reports).

Of the 215,140 victim reports where sex was recorded, 54.9% (118,216 victim reports) were a male victim, while 45.1% (96,924 victim reports) were a female victim. In the last 12 months male victim reports decreased 0.7% or 844 victim reports while female victim reports increased 0.2% or 195 victim reports. Five year trends show that these numbers have increased, up from 112,750 for male victim reports (4.8% or 5,466 victim reports) and up from 90,068 for female victim reports (7.6% or 6,856 victim reports).

Victim reports by age group and sex, year ending June 2019

Age patterns are similar between males and females where a person victim report was recorded by Victoria Police. However proportionally, female victims are concentrated in the younger age groups with 21.4% of female victims below 25 years of age compared to 18.2% of males. There were slightly more male victims in the older age groups than females, with 35.7% of males aged 45 and over compared with 32.1% of females. These trends have remained consistent over the last 5 years.

Reported victims of a Property and deception offence were more likely to be males, making up 58.6% (89,352 victim reports) of the victim reports in this offence category. For the offence category Crimes against the person, females were more likely than males to be victims with 54.3% (36,007 victim reports) of this offence category.

 

Author
Crime Statistics Agency, 2019
Publisher
Crime Statistics Agency, 2019
Date of Publication

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