On April 17 2019, the Central Statistics Office (CSO) released the report on Recorded Crime Victims in Ireland. There has been a two year period regarding the statistics published on Recorded Crime Victims. In 2017, the CSO deferred the publication of Recorded Crime statistics as a result of An Garda Síochána’s decision to extend their review of homicide data.
The report issued for 2018 reported the figures for assault and related offences, homicide and sexual violence. According to the CSO, “The publication of these statistics establishes a new annual Recorded Crime Victims series”.
Assault and related offences extends to attempts/threats to murder as well as harassments. In 2018, a total of 18,939 assault and related offences were reported with 59% being male victims and 41% being female victims.
Almost two thirds of victims of assault and related offences in 2018 were aged between 18 and 44 years old. The last report in 2016 indicated 16,768 reported assault and related offences which has since seen an increase of 13%.
In 2018, Ireland saw 74 reported homicide offences, with a male majority of 57 victims and 17 female victims. 32% of these victims were aged between 18 to 29, while 60 years or above made up 15%. Homicide has seen an increase of 23% with 60 victims reported in 2016.
2,771 sexual violence offences were reported in 2018, with 9 out of 10 victims being female. Since the last report was conducted in 2016, there has been an increase of 13.5% in reported sexual violence offences across Ireland.