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Physical attacks or threats

Getting help fast

A physical attack or a threat to hurt you is a crime. This could also include domestic abuse if you know the person who attacked you, or a hate crime if it’s motivated by prejudice.

  • If an attack is taking place or has just happened, call 999 for urgent medical attention and emergency support.
  • If it’s not an emergency, call the police on 101, report online or go to a police station.
  • If you need medical help but it’s not an emergency, call 111.

Getting help to recover

Being attacked or threatened can be very frightening. You might find it hard to get back on your feet emotionally, physically and practically. 

You’re not alone, and there are lots of organisations that can support you. Find support in your area.

After reporting an attack

If you’ve been seriously hurt or you’re a victim of attempted murder, you’re entitled to extra help from the police, courts and victim services. This could include: 

  • getting a specialist support service to contact you
  • referring you to someone who can help you recover, through counselling or therapy
  • letting you know about special measures that could help you give evidence in court

You can read more about your rights in the Victims’ Code.


Special measures

The extra support a court can provide to help vulnerable or intimidated witnesses give their best evidence. These measures could include putting screens around the witness box.

Victims’ Code

The Victims’ Code explains the rights that everyone can expect to receive as a victim of crime. Different versions are available, including leaflets, an easy-read booklet, and the full code in English and Welsh.

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