Victim reports

A victim report is counted when an individual, business or organisation reports that they have been a victim of one or more criminal offences to Victoria Police and a record is made in LEAP. 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.

An individual, business or organisation can be counted as a victim more than once within the reference period. If there are multiple victims related to a criminal event, each will have their victim report counted once in the figures.

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 known as the principal offence.

4.1 Key movements in the number and rate of victim reports

 

Apr 2012 - Mar 2013

Apr 2013 - Mar 2014

Apr 2014 - Mar 2015

Apr 2015 - Mar 2016

Apr 2016 - Mar 2017

% change 2016 - 2017

Number of victim reports

279,186

285,251

276,211

310,425

333,911

7.6%

Victimisation rate per 100,000 population

4,869.3

4,886.0

4,644.9

5,114.4

5,422.8

6.0%

 

In the year ending March 2017, there were 333,911 reports from victims recorded by Victoria Police. This represented an increase of 7.6% (23,486 victim reports) from the previous year.

The victimisation rate increased by 6.0% from 5,114.4 reports per 100,000 people in the year ending March 2016 to 5,422.8 in 2017.

Victim reports, April 2012 to March 2017

4.2 Sex and age of victims

In the year ending March 2017, 243,962 victims were people and 89,949 victims were businesses or organisations.

The section below outlines the demographic characteristics where the victim is a person and where this information was recorded by Victoria Police.

Of the 243,962 victim reports where a sex was recorded, 54.2% (132,145 victim reports) involved a male victim, while 43.1% (105,086 victim reports) involved a female victim.

In the year ending March 2017, the average age for victims was 38.9 years, slightly younger than the previous year with 39.1 years. For both male and female victims, the age group with the highest number of reports was 25–29 years. This age group accounted for 12.6% of victim reports where a sex was recorded (30,663 reports).

The average age for male victims was 39.6 years and the average age for females was 37.9 years. There were more male victims than female in every age group except for 10–14 years and 15–19 years, where there were more female victims.

Victim reports by age group and sex, April 2016 to March 2017

Patterns of age are similar between men and women who made a victim report with Victoria Police, however proportionally, female victims are concentrated in the younger age groups with 21.6% of female victims below 25 years of age compared to 17.6% of males. There were slightly more male victims in the older age groups than females, with 35.4% of males aged 45 and over compared with 31.3% of women.

Victims of a Property and deception offence were more likely to be males, making up 57.8% (103,619) of the victim reports in this offence category. For the offence category Crime against the person, females were more likely than males to be victims with 52.7% (34,138) of this offence category.

4.3 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 333,911 victim reports in the year ending March 2017, 268,684 (80.5%) had a principal offence of Property and deception offences, 65,179 reports (19.5%) were Crimes against the person and Other offences (48 reports) made up the remainder of all victim reports.

Proportion of all victim reports by offence category, April 2012 to March 2017

The proportion of victim reports by principal offence has remained stable over the past five years.

Between April 2012 and March 2017 the proportion of victim reports with a principal offence of Crimes against the person has remained stable, ranging between 18.9% and 19.5% of all victim reports. In the year ending March 2017 the proportion of reports for Crimes against the person was 19.5% of all victim reports.

Equally, the proportion of victim reports with a principal offence of Property and deception offences ranged from 80.3% to 80.9% between April 2012 and March 2017, with 80.5% in the most recent year.

Author
Crime Statistics Agency, 2017
Publisher
Crime Statistics Agency, 2017
Date of Publication

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