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Homicide victim statistics

The number of homicide victims has declined steadily at a rate similar to that of homicide incidents. There were 266 victims in 2006-07, and 351 victims in 1990-91.

Victimisation rate from 1989-90 to 2006-07, by sex (per 100,000 per year)

 Victimisation rate from 1989-90 to 2006-07, by sex (per 100,000 per year)

Source: AICNHMP 1989-90 to 2006-07 [computer file]

Victimisation rate in 2006-07, by age and sex (per 100,000 per year)

 Victimisation rate in 2006-07, by age and sex (per 100,000 per year)

Source: AICNHMP 1989-90 to 2006-07 [computer file]

  • The age groups of peak risk of male's becoming a homicide victim in 2006-07 were 20 to 24 (3.5 per 100,000) and 35 to 39 (3.3 per 100,000).
  • The age group of females' peak risk was 35 to 39 (1.7 per 100,000). In more recent years, 40 to 44 has emerged as another high-risk age bracket for women.

Homicide victims in 1989-90 to 2006-07, by state (per 100,000 per year)(a)

 Homicide victims in 1989-90 to 2006-07, by state (per 100,000 per year)

a: Includes one murder victim in Norfolk Island for the year 2001-02 and one for the year 2004-05

Source: AICNHMP 1989-90 to 2006-07 [computer file]. 2006-07 rates were calculated using estimated resident population (persons) as at December 2006 (ABS Australian Demographic Statistics, ABS cat. no. 3101.0)