Violent Crime covers a broad range of offences where the perpetrator has acted, or threatened to act, in a violent manner.
A violent crime is when someone physically hurts or threatens to hurt 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 you, regardless of whether or not it results in a physical injury.
Common types of violent crime include:
- sexual violence;
- domestic abuse;
- hate crimes;
- murder or manslaughter; and
- alcohol and drug-related violence.
How will I feel after being the victim of violent crime?
There’s no right or wrong way to feel when you experience violent crime.
Violent crime will always be frightening and may seriously affect victims emotionally. Common reactions to crimes of this kind include:
- difficulty socialising;
- feeling frightened to go out;
- feeling nervous, anxious or unsafe; and
- difficulty sleeping.
How can Victim Care Service help?
If violent crime is reported to the police they can take action. However in some cases you may feel you don’t want to speak to the police. If this is the case, you can still get in touch with us to receive support for the impact the crime has had on you.