Unique Victims

A unique victim is an individual, business or organisation who has had one or more victim report recorded by Victoria Police within the reference period and is represented as a count of one in the data. For more information about counting rules, please refer to the Explanatory Notes


Key movements in the number and rate of unique victims

Victorian unique victims and rate per 100,000 population, 10 year trend

Unique Victims - Tabular Visualisation

The unique victims data visualisation contains the number and rate of victim reports recorded in Victoria, and demographic characteristics of alleged offenders. You can also view crime data by local government area in the latest crime data by area. Data for these visualisations are available via the Download data button on the latest crime data webpage.

Sex and age of unique victims

In the year ending 30 June 2020, of the 196,544 unique person victims, 110,019 (56.0%) were male and 86,423 (44.0%) were female. These numbers have increased in the last 12 months, up 5.3% (5,514 victims) for males and 5.8% for females (4,744 victims). 

In the past five years there has been a 2.5% decrease in unique person victims, down 5,093 unique person victims from 201,637 in the year ending 30 June 2016. The number of female unique victims has decreased 0.9% (781 unique victims) from the year ending June 2016, while male unique victims decreased 3.6% (4,094 unique victims) over the same period.

Proportion of unique victims (excluding organisations) by age group, July 2015 to June 2020

Repeat victimisation

Repeat victimisation is counted when people have had more than one victim report recorded within a 12 month period. People who have been victimised across more than one reference period will be counted in each of the reference periods that they reported being a victim. 

Of the 196,544 person victims recorded in the year to June 2020, 88.1% (173,198) of victims only had one report recorded by police within the reference period, 56.8% of these victims were male and 43.2% were females. Of the remaining person victims 23,346 (11.9%) had more than one victim report within the reference period. 

Proportion of multiple victim reports recorded within the reference period, July 2015 to June 2020

Crime Statistics Agency, 2020
Crime Statistics Agency, 2020
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