Figure 6: Crime Survey for England and Wales shows long-term reductions in violent crime but little change in recent years
England and Wales, year ending December 1981 to year ending March 2018
Source: Crime Survey for England and Wales, Office for National Statistics
Prior to the year ending March 2002, CSEW respondents were asked about their experience of crime in the previous calendar year, so year-labels identify the year in which the crime took place. Following the change to continuous interviewing, respondents’ experience of crime relates to the full 12 months prior to interview (that is, a moving reference period). Year-labels for the year ending March 2002 identify the CSEW year of interview.