Did You Know

Across the UK 65 cases of assault at school are recorded each day

Assualt is not a very well understood offence. Many people are surprised to learn what it consists of - even the simple fact that your don't have to physically hurt someone to have assualted them.  Here we explore the difference between the terms.

Common Assault
Common assault is when you are violent or cause someone to fear violence e.g. hitting them or threatening them.  You don’t actually have to physically assault someone to be charged with common assault.  Sentencing could mean six months in prison or a fine up to £5,000. 

ABH (Actual Bodily Harm) 
ABH - is a form of assault in which you cause someone direct harm e.g. punching someone to cause bruising or breaking their nose. The maximum sentence for ABH is 5 years.

GBH (Grievous Bodily Harm)
GBH - means you’ve caused someone serious injury e.g. breaking someone’s bone or stabbing someone. GBH is more serious than ABH and you could receive a life sentence if found guilty.

Violent crime can tradigcally result in the death of a victim. This can be defined by murder or manslaughter.

Murder is when you kill someone on purpose e.g. if you intentionally stabbed someone.  Murder is considered much more serious if it has been planned in advance and it carries a maximum life sentence in prison if you’re found guilty.

Manslaughter is when you kill someone by accident e.g. throwing a brick off a bridge causing a car to crash which kills the driver. Although it would depend on the circumstances you could receive a maximum life sentence if found guilty of manslaughter.

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