In April 2019, PPS undertook a consultation exercise on the classification of offences used within ‘Statistical Bulletin: Cases Involving Sexual Offences’. In order to achieve greater comparability with PSNI recorded crime statistics and statistics by the Department of Justice Northern Ireland and the Ministry of Justice, the consultation proposed two changes to offence categories within the bulletin.
- To no longer include the sub-category of ‘Miscellaneous Sexual Offences’ within its Statistical Bulletin: Cases Involving Sexual Offences?
- To include Attempted Rape offences within the ‘Rape’ Category, rather than in the ‘Other Sexual Offences’ category?
Following the consultation, PPS decided to implement the proposed changes with effect of statistics for the period 2018/19. In order to provide users with a useable time-series of comparable data, revised statistics based on the new offence categories for the financial years 2015/16 and 2016/2017 are provided below. Revised statistics for 2017/18 are contained within the 2018/19 statistical bulletin.