The indicator describes the proportion of persons aged 15 to 74 who have reported becoming a victim of threats or physical violence during the past 12 months. The information is based on the National Crime Victim Survey, which is conducted both as a mail and Internet survey.
The National Crime Victim Survey is targeted at persons aged 15 to 74 who have a permanent address in Finland. The survey participants are selected randomly from the Population Register Centre’s population information system. In 2016, a total of 6,159 people took part in the survey (response rate 44.0%). The survey covers the incidence of becoming a victim of threats, physical violence and property offences, as well as fear of violence and the interpretation of violence. The survey also describes total levels of violence and property offences, including cases not reported to the police and thus excluded from the statistics on offences. The survey is intended to be repeated annually.
A new form of the National Crime Victim Survey was conducted for the first time in 2012. The National Victimisation Surveys conducted in the period 1980 to 2009 covered the incidence of becoming a victim of various accidents in addition to crimes. The National Crime Victim Survey differs in terms of methodology and content from the earlier victimisation surveys, and the results are not directly comparable.