Assault : Crime in Australia


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Crime rates in Australia
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The Northern Territory has the highest rate of Assaults recorded in all the Australian States, with a rate of 2,394 per 100,000 population compared to the safest State of Victoria with just 403 per 100,000 population.

However, as most people live in the State capitals, it may be better to look at the figures for those capitals.

Melbourne, for example, has a rate of 2,628 cases of assault per 100,000. That is more than 6 times the rate for the entire state of Victoria.

Assault

2008 Number of
assaults
per
100,000
on the
population of
Northern Territory 5,261 2,394 219,800
– Darwin SD tba 120,890
New South Wales 79,847 1,144 6,980,000
– Sydney SD tba 4,400,000
South Australia 17,178 1,074 1,600,000
– Adelaide SD tba 1,170,000
Western Australia 21,119 973 2,170,000
– Perth SD tba 1,600,000
Tasmania 3,749 754 497,500
– Hobart City tba 49,611
Australian Capital Territory 2,296 664 345,600
– Canberra tba
Queensland 19,423 452 4,293,915
– Brisbane SD tba 1,950,000
Victoria 21,404 403 5,310,000
– Melbourne SD 3,900,000

Offenders known by the Victim


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In 2008, in 49% of all assaults recorded by Queensland police, the victim knew the offender.

Sources:

Australian Bureau of Statistics: 4510.0 – Recorded Crime – Victims, Australia, 2008

Population figures: http://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/ProductsbyTopic/797F86DBD192B8F8CA2568A9001393CD?OpenDocument

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