A violent crime is when someone physically hurts or threatens to hurt someone. It also includes crimes where a weapon is used. The police will record a crime as violent if the offender clearly intended or intends to physically harm you, regardless of whether or not it results in a physical injury.
Violent crimes can include:
- gun and knife crime
- sexual violence (such as rape or sexual assault)
- alcohol and drug-related violence
- gang violence
- domestic violence
- hate crimes
- murder or manslaughter
Violent crimes can happen anywhere. They can happen in public, in places like clubs and pubs or on the street. They can also happen in the home or in the workplace. Often the victim knows the person who attacks them.
If you are assaulted it’s important to remember that it’s not your fault. No-one has the right to hurt you.
We can support you if you’ve been a victim of a violent crime. You don’t need to have reported the incident to the police and we can support you even if it’s not a recent incident. If you need help, get in touch today.
If you are injured as a result of a violent assault, you may be entitled to claim compensation from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). You can view more about claiming compensation on the Victim Support website by clicking here.
Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority - Information on Gov.UK
We also have criminal injuries compensation information on My Support Space.