In terms of weapons, knives are readily available. Anyone can get a knife or sharp-bladed tool from home or a shop – it's a normal part of everyone's kitchen equipment, so they are often used in crime.
However, despite the availability of knives and sharp objects, knife crime is relatively rare compared to other kinds of crime.
Who is affected by knife crime?
While the media tend to focus on knife crime around young people and gangs, it can actually involve people of all ages.
As well as the obvious and frightening risk of injury, many people have a complex emotional and behavioural response, whether or not they are physically harmed. This is often because they have been forced to do something against their will.
However, everyone also reacts to crime differently; you might feel surprisingly calm and unaffected, or you could be overcome by shock and fear, and anything in between. You may feel nothing except intense anger towards the perpetrator. It’s also not uncommon to turn your anger inward and blame yourself for getting into a situation where a crime like this could happen.
Young men and knife crime
Despite the fact that anyone can become a victim of knife crime, statistics show us that the victims are often young men.
Becoming a young victim of serious crime can cause additional challenges during a developmental period in a young person’s life. Victim Support engages and works successfully with young men that have experienced the effects of knife crime. Building trust and working with victims towards a more positive future.
Some victims may not trust adults or feel that they will be judged due to social stereotypes, and as a result, it may take be harder for them to seek support. However, Victim Support works hard to form relationships and understand victims of incidences such as this, offering them non-judgmental and well informed support.
We can help
Victim Support is the independent national charity for people affected by crime. We help thousands of victims of violence every year – including knife crime.
Our volunteers are specially trained to give information, practical help and emotional support to people who have been threatened or assaulted.
If the person who assaulted you is your partner, ex-partner or a family member, we have volunteers who are specially trained in issues relating to domestic violence. If you are the relative or the friend of someone who has been threatened or assaulted you can also get help from us.
Reporting the crime
If you decide you want to report the crime, we can go to the police station and support you at court. We can give you information on the criminal justice system and in some cases, help you claim compensation.
If there is help you need that we can't provide, we'll get in touch with other organisations that can help you.