Crime and violence experienced by individuals living in a community is an important public health issue. Individuals can be exposed to violence in various ways including direct victimisation, witnessing violence or property crimes in the community, or hearing about crime and violence from other residents. Crime rates vary by neighbourhood characteristics. Deprived neighbourhoods are more likely to be affected by crime and property crime than less deprived neighbourhoods.

Violence can lead to premature death or non-fatal injuries. Survivors of violent crime endure physical pain and suffering. They can experience mental distress with lower quality of life and poorer health outcomes.

Children and adolescents exposed to violence (as victims, directly witnessing violence or hearing about crimes) are at risk for adverse long-term behavioural and mental health issues including depression, anxiety, aggression and substance use.

PHE’s profile on crime shows that overall Trafford is predominantly better or similar to England average on most indicators.

  • The rate of children in the youth justice system in Trafford has reduced significantly from 11.3 per 1,000 in 2010/11 to 2.8 per 1,000 in 2017/18.  The 2017/18 figure for Trafford remains statistically significantly lower than the average for England.

  • The number of first time offenders of all ages in Trafford has reduced from 483 in 2014 to 294 in 2018, with the rate (144.0 per 100,000 population) lower than the average for England (211 per 100,000).

  • In Trafford in 2017/18, 18.7% of offenders re-offended, lower than the average for England (29.1%).

  • The rate of domestic abuse-related incidents and crimes for Trafford is shown as higher than the average for England; however it should be noted that the figure given for Trafford is actually the Greater Manchester average, and it is likely that the actual Trafford figure is lower than this.

  • Rates of hospital admissions for violence in Trafford have increased slightly over the last 4 reported time periods, but the rate remains statistically similar to the England average.

  • Rate of violent offences and rates of sexual offences have increased considerably in Trafford and across England, although Trafford rates tend to be lower than England.  This is likely to reflect, at least to some extent, better reporting and recording.

Further information can be found in the Trafford Data lab Crime Scanner section.

Further Reading

SafeLives - Spotlights: Hidden Victims