Crime rates for sexual assault

Incidents of sexual assault may be reported to police. Examining crime rates for sexual assault makes it possible to compare how often police are engaged in response to incidents of sexual assault over time and across different population groups in the Australian community. Data on crime rates for sexual assault in Australia are drawn from the ABS Recorded Crime - Victims collection, which is based on crimes reported to police in each state and territory.

The visualisation below allows users to explore the number and rate of sexual assaults recorded by police per 100,000 people since 2010, by sex of victim and the state and territory the sexual assault was recorded, over time. Changes in crime rates may be due to changes in reporting behaviour, increased awareness about forms of violence, changes to police practices, and/or an increase in incidents.

Victims of sexual assault, by sex and location, 2010-2020

Visualisation not available for printing

Examining the age profile of victims of sexual assault provides insight into which groups are most affected by sexual assault.

The visualisation below allows users to explore the number and rate of sexual assaults recorded by police per 100,000 Australians since 2010, by sex of victim and age group, over time.

Victims of sexual assault, by age at report, 2010-2020

Visualisation not available for printing

The visualisation below shows the number and rate of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander victims of sexual assault per 100,000 Indigenous Australians, over time, by state or territory.

Indigenous victims of sexual assault for select state and territories, 2010-2020

Visualisation not available for printing

The visualisation below allows users to explore the number and proportion of sexual assault victims, by type of assault, time to report, setting where crime occurred, use of weapon, and outcome of investigation.

Characteristics of sexual assault, 2020

Visualisation not available for printing

The visualisation below allows users to explore the number and proportion of sexual assaults, by sex of victim, relationship to offender, across age groups (at report or incident).

Sexual assaults by relationship of offender to victim, 2020

Visualisation not available for printing