Department of Family and Community Services

2.2 Victims of violence – recorded incidents

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Personal violence incidents recorded by NSW Police

Current position

Total numbers of personal violence offence incidents in NSW in the 12 months to September 2012, and the proportion of victims who are female, are set out at Table 6.3.

Note that the personal violence offences of domestic violence-related assault and sexual assault are covered in detail in Indicators 1.1 and 2.1 respectively and are therefore not discussed in this Indicator.

Gender gap

  • Females account for the majority of victims of other sexual offences, indecent assault, and harassment and threatening behaviour.
  • Males account for the majority of victims of murder, non-domestic violence-related assault, and robbery.
  • Females also account for the majority of victims of domestic violence-related assault and sexual assault. See Indicators 1.1 and 2.1 for further information.
The direction of
change over time

There has been a drop in recorded incidents of non-DV assault in the seven years from October 2005 to September 2012. The number of incidents dropped from over 13,000 to under 12,000 for female victims (a drop of 10 percent), and from nearly 34,000 to just over 27,800 for male victims (a drop of 18 percent). See Indicator 1.1 for data on DV assaults.

The number of reported victims of harassment and intimidating behaviour rose between October 2005 to September 2012; from around 25,300 to 31,400. The proportion of victims who were female did not change.

During the same period, the number of robbery offences dropped from around 10,900 to 6,400, while the proportion of female victims did not change.


In NSW in the 12 months to September 2012, non DV-related assault victims accounted for 57 percent of all physical assault victims (DV and non-DV related).

When we combine incidents of DV and non-DV assault, to look at all physical assault, women make up nearly half of all victims (47 percent).

In NSW in 2011, assault was the personal violence offence for which the largest number of offenders were proceeded against and found guilty. See the discussion at Indicator 4.1 for further information on assault offenders.

Other sexual offences include incest, carnal knowledge, wilful and obscene exposure, indecent communication, peep or pry, bestiality, grooming/procuring. Indecent assault includes acts of indecency and indecent assault. Assault covers offences involving the direct infliction of force, injury or violence upon a person or the direct face-to-face threat of force, where there is an apprehension that the threat could be acted on. Domestic violence-related assault occurs in a family or domestic context. Robbery refers to acts intended to unlawfully gain money, property or other items of value from, or to cause detriment to, another person by using the threat of force or any other coercive measure. Harassment, threatening behaviour and private nuisance includes intimidation (such as stalking), threats to murder or injure that are not face-to-face and where there is no belief that these threats could be enacted, threats against police, telecommunications offences (includes nuisance phone calls), violent disorder, riot and affray, and unlawful assembly.

Year collected: October 2005 to September 2012.
Data source: BOCSAR, NSW Recorded Crime Statistics, unpublished (BOCSAR ref: kg12-10963). More information is available at

Table 6.3 Victims of violence, NSW, October 2011 to September 2012



Women % 

Indecent assault 



Other sexual offences 



Harassment, threatening behaviour 



All physical assault (DV and non-DV) 






Non-domestic violence-related assault 






Discussed elsewhere in depth: 

Domestic violence-related assault (see Indicators 1.1 and 1.2) 



Sexual assault (see Indicator 2.1) 



Note: The offence categories are defined in the notes at Indicator 2.2 (above).
Population: Victims of selected personal violence offences recorded by NSW Police between October 2011 and September 2012.
Source: BOCSAR, NSW Recorded Crime Statistics, unpublished (BOCSAR ref: kg12-10963).