What is violent crime?
Violent crime is when someone physically hurts or injures someone, and 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 someone, regardless of whether or not it results in a physical injury.
Violent crimes can include:
- sexual violence, such as rape or sexual assault;
- alcohol and drug-related violence;
- domestic violence;
- hate crimes (crimes committed as a result of someone’s identity);
- robbery; and
- murder or manslaughter.
How should I feel after I’ve been robbed?
The way you feel after a crime has been committed against you is personal to you and depends on exactly what has happened, as well as your previous life experiences.
It can be extremely frightening to experience a violent crime. As well as possibly being hurt or injured physically, you can be very seriously affected emotionally.
Common reactions to violent crime include:
- • being frightened to go out;
- • feeling unsafe, anxious and nervous;
- • having trouble sleeping and having nightmares; and
- • struggling to socialise.
However you feel, Voice is here to help.
Who can I talk to after I have experienced violent crime?
Firstly, you should report any violence or threats of violence against you to the police.
Whether you have reported anything to the police or not, talk to Voice.
Every year we help over 5,000 people in the county who have been affected by violence.
Our specially trained staff can help you with anything you are experiencing, from speaking with you to help get your feelings off your chest, to helping you having any injuries attended to.