Violent crime

A violent crime is one when someone physically hurts, or threatens to hurt, you. This also includes crimes where a weapon is used. Gang violence, assault, murder and manslaughter are all regarded as violent crimes. Sexual violence (such as rape or sexual assault) is also considered a violent crime. And violent crime can also happen at home, this is called domestic abuse.

This content has been written for children and young people. If you’re looking for information for over 18s, visit our Types of Crime information about violent crime.