Reports of domestic violence and sexual assault rise dramatically over five years – Crime Stats June 2022
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Release date: Thursday, September 15, 2022
New statistics released today by the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) show that reports of domestic violence have increased by 11% in the five years to June 2022. Reports of sexual assault have increased by 14 % over the same period.
In contrast, incidents recorded in nine of the top 13 crime categories have shown steep declines over the past five years.
- Breaking and entering – housing was 36% lower in 2021/22 compared to 2017/18
- Robberies decreased by 38% in 2021/22 compared to 2017/18
- Car thefts decreased by 18% in 2021/22 compared to 2017/18
Other major offenses showing significant 5-year declines were non-DV assault (down 14%), break and enter – non-dwelling (down 33%), theft from a motor vehicle ( down 31%), retail theft (down 30%), other theft offenses (-34%) and malicious property damage (-20%).
BOCSAR executive director Jackie Fitzgerald said the pandemic had profoundly disrupted criminal behavior, leading to an unprecedented drop in crime across New South Wales. “The reduction in Covid-related crime has brought huge benefits to the volume of property crime. Unfortunately, however, violent crime has generally not decreased. Police reports of domestic assaults and sexual offenses were already increasing before the pandemic and that has not changed.
Trends in Sexual Assault and DV Assault
The five-year increase in domestic assaults was driven by increases in some Sydney metropolitan areas and some regional communities. The largest increases were seen in Sutherland (43% increase), Mid-North Coast (36% increase), Murray (36% increase), Baulkham Hills/Hawkesbury (29% increase), New -England and the North West (up 28%). %) and West Central New South Wales (up 28%).
By comparison, the increase in sexual assaults has been most pronounced in the NSW region with incidents up in Hunter Valley (up 40%), the Southern Highlands (up 33%) and New England and the North West (up 31%). Recorded incidents of sexual assault in Sutherland also increased by 44% between July 2017 and June 2022.