Types of crime

There are many different types of crime, and people will react to crime differently. If you’ve been affected by crime and need support or information, please contact us.

Find out more about some of the specific types of crime below.

Image-based sexual abuse

Image-based sexual abuse (sometimes called 'revenge porn') is when someone shares sexually explicit images or videos of another person without their consent.

Modern slavery

Modern slavery is a serious and often hidden crime. It includes slavery, servitude, forced and compulsory labour, and human trafficking.

Murder or manslaughter

Bereavement is a painful experience for anyone, but when you lose someone because of the violent actions of another person – through murder or manslaughter – it can be particularly devastating.

Rape and sexual assault

If you’ve been raped or sexually assaulted, it was not your fault - no matter the circumstances. Find out how you can get help.

Retail abuse and violence

Experiencing threats, violence and abuse in your place of work is not acceptable. But for many retail workers, it’s a regular occurrence.


A robbery is when someone takes something from you with violence or threats – usually (but not always) in the street or another public place.

Rural crime

Rural crime is a term that covers many different crimes and incidents that affect rural communities.


Sextortion, also known as webcam blackmail, is a form of intimate image abuse.

Sexual harassment

Sexual harassment is any kind of unwanted behaviour of a sexual nature that makes you feel scared, humiliated or intimidated, or that creates a hostile environment.


Spiking is when someone gives you alcohol or drugs without your consent.