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Self-reported victimization among adults

Collection source : General Social Survey on Canadians’ Safety (Victimization), Statistics Canada
What it is? : This indicator represents the rate of victimization incidents per 1,000 population of adults aged 18 years and older in Canada who reported that they or their household had been the victim of at least one of the eight crimes measured by the General Social Survey in the 12 months preceding the survey. The eight offence types include sexual assault, robbery, physical assault, theft of personal property, break and enter, theft of motor vehicle or parts, theft of household property, and vandalism.
Why is it important? : Self-reported crime is a measure of safety in the community and may capture crimes that have not been reported to the police. A decrease in this indicator could mean improved community safety. Given that this indicator relies on the reporting of Canadians, an increase could also mean more confidence to self-report victimization on the survey.
Direction of improvement : The expected direction of improvement for this indicator is a decrease.
Geographic coverage : Canada
Limitation : The results are based on a sample and are therefore subject to sampling errors. The data exclude people who could not speak English or French as well as the institutionalized population. For more detailed notes, click on the export to spreadsheet function.
Direction : There is only one year of data.
Resources :

General Social Survey: An Overview, 2019

Criminal victimization in Canada, 2019 - Juristat 

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