Number of sexual offences in England and Wales 2002-2019

In 2018/19 there were over 162 thousand sexual offences recorded by the police in England and Wales, an increase of over 10 thousand when compared with the previous reporting year. Between 2002/03 and 2012/13 the number of sexual offences in England and Wales fluctuated between 60.41 thousand offences and 50.19 offences. From 2013/14 onwards however, the number of sexual offences has risen dramatically, with the highest year-on-year increase occurring between 2016/17 and 2017/18.

Number of sexual offences recorded in England and Wales from 2002/03 to 2018/19

Number of sexual offences (in thousands)
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Release date

July 2019

Region

United Kingdom (England, Wales)

Survey time period

April 1, 2002 to March 31, 2019

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