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Four out of every five (81.5%) victims of Sexual offences were female in 2021 and this continued the trend since 2018. Of the 2,892 reported victims of Sexual offences in 2021, 2,357 were female while 535 were male. See Table 1.1.

There were 27 male (69.2%) and 12 female (30.8%) victims of crime incidents of Homicide offences in 2021 in Ireland. Of this, 16 males and 8 females were victims of Murder or manslaughter. A further 11 males and 4 females were killed in incidents involving Dangerous Driving Leading to Death. See Table 1.1 and Figure 1.1.

Just over half (55.6%) of victims of physical assault and related offences recorded in 2021 were male.

Statistics in respect of the age and sex of victims are presented in further detail in Recorded Crime Victims 2021.

Show Table: Table 1.1 Recorded crime victims (selected offence groups) by sex, 2021

01 Homicide offences69.230.8
02 Sexual offences18.581.5
03 Attempts/threats to murder, assaults,
harassments and related offences
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A crime is recorded as detected when a person has been identified as the perpetrator by An Garda Síochána and that person has been issued with a sanction such as a charge, summons or caution. The person sanctioned is termed the suspected offender.

Nearly all suspected offenders (97.7%) of detected sexual violence crimes reported in Ireland in 2020 were male.

Suspected offenders of Homicide offences totalled 73 in 2020 and was split in nearly equal measure between Murder and Manslaughter and Dangerous Driving leading to Death. In total, males accounted for nine out of every ten (89.0%) suspected offenders of Homicide and the gender split was quite similar for each of the two constituent categories.  See Table 1.2.

Four in five (80.3%) of suspected offenders of detected Attempts/threats to Murder, assaults, harassments and related offences in 2020 were male.  See Table 1.2 and Figure 1.2.

Show Table: Table 1.2 Recorded crime suspected offenders (selected offence groups) by sex, 2020

01 Homicide offences8911
02 Sexual offences97.72.3
03 Attempts/threats to murder, assaults,
harassments and related offences

Statistics in respect of suspected offenders are presented in further detail in Recorded Suspected Offenders 2020.


Data presented in this publication is sourced from PULSE, the administrative crime database of An Garda Síochána, and extracted at the beginning of March 2022.

Statistics relating to victims of recorded crime incidents were first published by CSO in 2019, for the reference period 2016 to 2018. This publication includes statistics for reference year 2021. The full series, from 2016, is available on PxStat.

Statistics relating to suspected offenders of detected crime incidents were published by CSO for the first time in 2020, following the introduction of new data governance controls by An Garda Síochána targeted at improving data quality in the recording of detections in 2018. Statistical data in respect of suspected offenders is presented for crimes reported between 2018 and 2020 in this publication. Figures for reference year 2021 will be published in the next reporting period, in order to allow time for a sufficient volume of investigations to proceed to conclusion.

Differences between the numbers of suspected offenders in this publication and the Recorded Crime Detection 2020 publication of 5th November 2021 reflect the detection of additional incidents in the interim.

Statistics published in this release are in respect of crime incidents known to and recorded by An Garda Síochána, and do not capture crime incidents which have not been reported by victims.

Statistics published by the CSO and sourced from PULSE continue to be categorised as Statistics Under Reservation.

Please see full Background Notes for further information.

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