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Release date: 10.30am, Wednesday 04 March 2020
Full report: NSW Recorded Crime Statistics quarterly update December 2019, pdf 1.2MbLong-term trends in violent and property crime in NSW: 1990-2019, pdf 598Kb
In the 24 months to December 2019, two of the 17 major crime categories were trending upwards, one was trending downwards and the remaining 14 were stable.
The offences trending upward were domestic violence related assault (up 5.0%), and steal from retail store (up 8.3%). The offence trending down was steal from person (down 7.1%).
Reports of domestic-violence related assault have increased among female and male victims, adult and juvenile victims and intimate partner and family violence victims.
Significant increases in domestic related assaults were found in three Statistical Areas:
Commenting on the findings, Acting Executive Director of BOCSAR, Jackie Fitzgerald, said it was unclear whether the significant increase in recorded DV assault incidents is due to an increase in reporting or an increase in offending. "Since 2017 we have seen more pro-active policing of domestic violence which could have encouraged victims to report. We also know that domestic assaults occasioning grievous bodily harm (GBH) are much more reliably reported than less serious forms of assault and these have remained stable over the past two years."
Further enquiries: Jackie Fitzgerald, Acting Executive Director 02 8346 1100Copies of the report: www.bocsar.nsw.gov.au