Department of Family and Community Services

Topic 2: Safety in the community

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In this topic, we use both NSW Police recorded crime data (Indicators 2.1 and 2.2) and data self-reported by respondents in major surveys (Indicators 2.3 to 2.6) to examine different aspects of safety in the community.

Indicator 2.1 presents data on incidents of sexual assault recorded by NSW Police. As with domestic violence-related assault, sexual assault is under-reported by victims. Reasons why victims of sexual assault may not report the incident to police include fear of the offender, a sense of shame and embarrassment and concerns about how they will be treated by the criminal justice system.1

Indicator 2.2 examines NSW Police-recorded data on other personal crimes, while Indicator 2.3 presents data from a major ABS household survey on self-reported incidents of assault victimisation.

Indicators 2.4 to 2.6 present data on feelings of safety in different community settings: at home alone at night, walking alone in the local area at night, and waiting for or using public transport.


1 Australian Law Reform Commission (2010) Family Violence - A National Legal Response, ALRC Report 114.