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Violent Crime

What is it?

Violent crime covers varying thresholds of injury and are covered by various pieces of legislation. It includes common assault, actual bodily harm, grievous bodily harm and racially aggravated assaults.

An assault is an act by which a person, intentionally or recklessly, causes another person (the victim) to either perceive immediate unlawful personal violence or to sustain unlawful personal violence.

An assault, whilst often physical can under some circumstances be committed by words alone or words accompanied by a threatening act. The victim must have been aware of the accused's actions at the time and the threat of unlawful violence must be immediate.

Where can I get help or further information?

It is advisable to seek medical assistance if you have been assaulted/and or injured.

In an emergency, or if violence is in progress, call 999 immediately. You can call 111 when you need medical help fast but it’s not a 999 emergency.

You can report instances of assault on the police website or by calling 101.