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Linkage between Recorded Victims 2020 and Suspected Offenders 2020

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In 2020, two out every three (68.8%) detected sexual violence crimes involved a male suspected offender and a female victim. This compares to a corresponding figure of 76.8% in 2019. See Table 5.1 and Figure 5.1.

Where a victim and suspected offender are recorded for a crime (i.e. for detected incidents) it is possible to link a victim and suspected offender to produce a limited profile (i.e. age and sex) of the  victim and suspected offender relationship.

In Murder or manslaughter incidents recorded in 2020, the suspected offender and victim were both male in three out of four (73.0%) of cases and this was slightly lower than the rate of 74.2% which was recorded in 2019. See Table 5.1 and Figure 5.1.

In the remaining category - Attempts/threats to murder, assaults, harassments and related offences, the suspected offender and victim were male in nearly half (48.5%) of detected crime incidents. Within this category, it was much the same for Assault (49.1%) but quite different for Harassment and other related offences where the suspected victim was more likely to be female (63.0%). See Table 5.1 and Figure 5.1.

Show Table: Table 5.1 Recorded crime victims (selected offence groups) linked to suspected offenders by sex, 2019 and 2020

Male suspected offender and male victimMale suspected offender and female victimFemale suspected offender and male victimFemale suspected offender and female victim
Murder or manslaughter offences7313.510.82.7
Sexual violence28.968.80.51.9
Attempts/threats
to murder, assaults,
harassments and related offences
48.532.36.612.6
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Nearly one in seven (14.8%) detected sexual violence crimes reported in 2020 involved both the victim and suspected offender being under 18 years of age. Three out of ten of detected sexual violence crimes involved a suspected offender aged over 30 years and a victim aged under 18 years while just under a fifth (19.4%) involved a suspected offender aged between 18 and 29 years and a victim aged less than 18 years. See Table 5.2 and Figure 5.2.

Show Table: Table 5.2 Recorded crime victims (selected offence groups) linked to suspected offenders by age when offence occurred, 2019 and 2020

X-axis labelSuspected offender aged under 18Suspected offender aged 18-29Suspected offender aged 30 and over
Crime victim aged under 1814.819.430.1
Crime victim aged 18-290.910.911.6
Crime victim aged 30 and over1.42.18.8

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