Overall levels of crime showed falls in recent decades but levels have remained broadly stable in recent years; while in the last year there has been no change in overall levels of crime, this hides variation seen in individual crime types.
The latest figures show a mixed picture, with continued rises in some types of theft and fraud and falls in computer misuse.
Consistent with the rising trend over recent years, there were increases in some of the less frequently occurring but higher-harm types of violence, including offences involving knives and sharp instruments.
The latest figures from the Crime Survey for England and Wales show little change in the prevalence of domestic abuse in recent years. In the year ending March 2018, an estimated 2.0 million adults aged 16 to 59 years experienced domestic abuse in the last year (1.3 million women, 695,000 men).
The police recorded 599,549 domestic abuse-related crimes in the year ending March 2018. This was an increase of 23% from the previous year. This in part reflects police forces improving their identification and recording of domestic abuse incidents as crimes and an increased willingness by victims to come forward.
The police made 225,714 arrests for domestic abuse-related offences (in the 39 police forces that could supply adequate data). This equates to 38 arrests per 100 domestic abuse-related crimes recorded.
Data tables and figures that are no longer contained within the publication continue to be made available here for reference and consistency. The data contained in these tables are from four sources: Crime Survey for England and Wales, Home Office police recorded crime, the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau and the Ministry of Justice Criminal Justice Statistics.
Trends in Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) crime experienced by adults and children aged 10 to 15 yearsand Home Office police recorded crime, by offence type. Also includes trends in offender relationship of CSEW violence.
Recorded crime figures for community safety partnerships, which equates in the majority of instances to local authorities. Contains the number of offences for the last 2 years, percentage change between these two time periods and rates per 1,000 population for the last year.
Crime Severity Score (CSS) data for police force areas and community safety partnerships, which equate in the majority of instances to local authorities. Includes a data tool to enable production of summary charts on trends and comparisons between areas.
How domestic abuse is dealt with at the local level within England and Wales, using annual data from the Crime Survey for England and Wales, police recorded crime and a number of different organisations.