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
Victim reports, 10 year trend
In the last 12 months there was a decrease of 8,616 victim reports and a 7.0% (19,531 victim reports) from 280,463 in the year ending September 2009. The number of victim reports are the lowest since the year ending September 2015. The rate per 100,000 population decreased by 5.0% in the last 12 months, and is the lowest figures in the last 10 years.
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 299,994 victim reports in the last 12 months, 234,912 (78.3%) had a principal offence of Property and deception offences, 64,986 reports (21.7%) were Crimes against the person and the remaining 96 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 19.1% (53,864 victim reports) in the year ending September 2014.
Sex and age of victim
In the last 12 months, 219,515 victims were people (73.2%) and 80,479 victims were businesses or organisations (26.8%). These proportions have remained consistent over time. Over the last 5 years the number of person victims increased (6.5% or 13,415 victim reports) as did business or organisation victims (6.0% or 4,588 victim reports).
Of the 215,343 victim reports where sex was recorded, 55.1% (118,709 victim reports) involved a male victim, while 44.9% (96,634 victim reports) involved a female victim. These numbers have decreased in the last 12 months, down 3.0% or 3,644 victim reports for males and down 2.6% or 2,603 for females. Five year trends show that these numbers have increased, up from 110,583 for male victims (7.3%) and up from 89,286 for female victims (8.2%).
Victim reports by age group and sex, year ending September 2018
Age patterns are similar between males and females where a victim report was recorded by Victoria Police. However proportionally, female victims are concentrated in the younger age groups with 21.7% of female victims below 25 years of age compared to 18.3% of males. There were slightly more male victims in the older age groups than females, with 35.6% of males aged 45 and over compared with 31.4% of females. These trends have remained consistent over the last 5 years.
Victims of a Property and deception offence were more likely to be males, making up 58.4% (90,329) 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 53.9% (34,923) of this offence category.
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License .