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Violent crime - the facts

A violent crime is one when someone physically hurts or threatens to hurt a victim, and also includes crimes where a weapon is used.

Assault, murder and manslaughter, gang violence and domestic violence are all regarded as violent crimes. Sexual violence (such as rape or sexual assault) is also considered a violent crime, and there is a separate section on this website about 'understanding sex crimes'. Violent crime can also happen at home, this is called domestic abuse.

You can read more about this in the 'talking about abusive relationships' section.

Understanding sex crimes
Sexual abuse is any type of sexual activity that you don’t agree to or have been tricked into.
Talking about abusive relationships
An abusive relationship is when someone has power and control over you or another person. They may threaten you, or be violent towards you.
What is hate crime?
Hate crimes and hate incidents are when someone is abusive, harasses you, makes threats or is violent towards you because of your identity.
Are you safe online?
Everyone deserves a safe online experience. This section explores what is safe and what isn’t and provides help and advice if you are experiencing online crime.
Facts about child abuse
It is never ok for someone to hurt or upset you, or make you do things that feel wrong.
I've had something stolen or damaged
Having something stolen – whether it is through theft, burglary or robbery – or having something deliberately damaged or broken (called criminal damage) are some of the most common crimes.
Violent crime - the facts
A violent crime is one when someone physically hurts or threatens to hurt a victim, and also includes crimes where a weapon is used.
Antisocial behaviour - what is it?
Antisocial behaviour (ASB) is when people, who do not live in your family home, behave in unacceptable ways that make you feel worried, intimidated or unhappy.
I'm being bullied
Bullying is when someone does something on purpose to you that hurts or upsets you.
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