Girls and young women account for more than one-fifth of crime victims in Queensland, police say

Drug crime and domestic violence are on the rise in Queensland, with new figures also showing teenage girls and young women are the most common victims of crime.

While the state’s overall crime rate only increased by 0.4 per cent last financial year, breaches of domestic violence protection orders rose by 13 per cent, the Queensland Police Annual Statistic Review revealed.

Drug offences also ballooned by 22 per cent, however the number of armed robberies and assaults dropped.

Females aged 15-19 accounted for 8.8 per cent of all victims in 2014-15 for “offences against the person”, which included crimes such as assaults, sexual offences and robberies.

Women aged 20-24 were the next highest represented, accounting for 6.77 per cent of all victims, while girls aged 10-14 followed next at 6.63 per cent.

The figures mean girls and women aged 10-24 accounted for more than a fifth of all crime victims in the state.

The review also showed that more than a third (37 per cent) of victims did not know their attackers; 32 per cent did know them, and 11 per cent were the victim of a crime committed by a family member.

In terms of offenders, teenage boys aged 15-19 were the most prolific, accounting for 14.36 per cent of all offences against the person, followed by men aged 20-24, at 12.67 per cent.

Boys in the youngest category – aged 10-14 – were convicted of 1,030 offences, which accounted for 5.67 per cent of crimes.

The youngest boys mainly committed assaults (580), but were also found guilty of 276 sexual offences, including 59 rapes or attempted rapes.

The review showed the crime rate was trending down, dropping 12 per cent over the past decade.

“This reflects the hard work and dedication of our women and men in blue, who put their lives on the line each and every day to protect the people in Queensland,” Police Minister Jo-Ann Miller told Parliament on Thursday.

Source: ABC/AAP