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Population and education, Social Statistics
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Victims of Reported Criminal Offences

The statistics are comparable over time. However, the number of victims of homicide is underestimated for the years 2001-2009.

UN collects annual data from the member states on victims of homicide and publishes statistics based on this. However, the definition of homicide can differs between countries and comparisons based upon absolute figures can therefore be misleading.

Comparability - geographical

UN collects annual data from the member states on victims of homicide and publishes statistics based on this. However, the definition of homicide can differs between countries and comparisons based upon absolute figures can therefore be misleading.

Comparability over time

The statistics has been prepared on the same date source since it's start in 2001 and is therefore in general comparable during time. However, the number of victims of homicide is underestimated for the years 2001-2009 due to errors in the extract from POLSAS to Statistics Denmark.

Section 265 regarding restraining order in the Penal Code is replaced by the law on expulsion, restraining order and ban on stay in 2012.

The provisions of the Danish Criminal Code regarding sexual offences went through essential amendments taking effect from 1 July 2013. The amendments resulted in e.g. more categories of sexual offences than previously being placed under the provisions about rape (section 216). See more: Rape

From 2014 onwards Trick theft, on the streets, are defined as separate crime. Furthermore, Human Trafficking is included in the statistics from 2014 onwards.

A new concept of consent regarding rape is taking effect from 1st of January 2021 which has resulted in new ways for the police to register offences regarding rape. This has to be taken into account when comparing data over time.

Coherence - cross domain

The Ministry of Justice and others regularly conduct victimization surveys. The latest victimization survey can be found here: Victimization survey

Coherence - internal

Data are internally consistent.