January 26, 2016

No Significant Change in Violence Against the Person Offences - Crime Survey 2015

The latest statistics on crime from the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) and police recorded crime have been released.

Improvements in recording of crime are thought to have particularly affected some categories of violent crime recorded by the police. There was a 27% rise in violence against the person offences (an additional 185,666 offences) which was largely driven by increases within the violence without injury sub-group (up by 130,207 offences; a 37% increase). The CSEW estimate for violent crime showed no significant change compared with the previous year’s survey.

The number of violent incidents estimated by the survey decreased by 66% from a peak in 1995. Around 2 in every 100 adults were a victim of violent crime in the last year, based on the year ending September 2015 survey, compared with around 5 in 100 adults in the 1995 survey . However, it is important to note that victimisation rates vary considerably across the population and by geographic area.

The longer term reduction in violent crime, as shown by the CSEW, is supported by evidence from several health data sources. Research conducted by the Violence and Society Research Group at Cardiff University (Violence in England and Wales 2014, an accident and emergency perspective) also indicates a downward trend. Findings from their annual survey, covering a sample of hospital emergency departments and walk-in centres in England and Wales, show an overall decrease of 10% in serious violence-related attendances in 2014 compared with 2013 (down to 211,514 attendances in 2014). In addition, the most recent provisional National Health Service (NHS) data available on assault admissions to hospitals in England shows that, for the 12 months to the end of April 2015, there were 28,992 hospital admissions for assault, a reduction of 8% compared with figures for the preceding 12 months.