A robbery is when someone takes something from you with violence or threats – usually (but not always) in the street or another public place. It’s considered to be a relatively common crime, and can sometimes happen in relation to other crimes – for example, gang violence, hate crime or antisocial behaviour. But although it’s quite a common crime, the impact it has on you can still be very damaging.
Coping with the effects of robbery
Even if you’re not physically hurt during a robbery, it can be very distressing to be threatened with violence or if someone uses force to steal from you. So even without injury, it’s still classed as a violent crime.
Being confronted by a thief, who might have a weapon, can be a frightening experience for anyone. How you react will depend on lots of different factors – not just the crime, but things about you as a person and how you cope with difficult events in your life. Everyone will respond differently, but however you feel, remember that it’s never your fault – only the offender is to blame and nobody has the right to take or destroy your things.