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Specific crimes

Violent crime

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Up to two and a half million people are assaulted or threatened every year. Threats and verbal abuse are forms of violence, just as much as physical attacks. These violent crimes can take place anywhere - at home, in the street, in clubs and pubs, and at work. Often, you may know the person that carries out the violent act.

Violent crime can be a very frightening experience. You may be surprised by how strongly you are affected and you may be worried about being attacked again.

It can be very difficult to talk about having been hurt by violence, but most people find that it helps to talk to someone who understands. Our volunteers are specially trained to give information, practical help and emotional support to victims of violent crime. If you decide you want to report the crime, they can accompany you to the police station and to court and give you information on the criminal justice system and compensation. They can advise you on seeking medical attention if you have been injured and if you cannot work they can give you information on dealing with your employer and getting benefits. Information about benefits is also available from your local benefits office or your local Citizens Advice Bureau.

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