A violent crime can describe a wide range of different offences. It usually is when someone physically hurts or threatens to hurt someone, and can involve the use of a weapon. An offence will be recorded as a violent offence regardless of whether any physical harm was actually inflicted on a victim. The intention to cause harm is enough to record the crime as a violent crime.

Incidents of violence do not always get reported to the police, but may be picked up by our Emergency departments (ED) if they deal with the victims. The Cambridgeshire Research Group has produced an infographic looking at the victims of assault data recorded by Addenbrooke’s Emergency Department. Click on the image to view as a PDF.

Violent crimes can include:

  • alcohol and drug-related violence
  • assault
  • domestic violence
  • gun and knife crime
  • gang violence
  • hate crimes (disability, faith, gender, gender identity, race or sexual orientation)
  • murder or manslaughter
  • robbery
  • sexual violence (such as rape or sexual assault)

It is worth noting that Violent crimes can happen in public spaces such as in the street, clubs and pubs, as well as at home or in the workplace, and often the victim knows the person who attacks them.

Local Research

As part of our work with the local Community Safety Partnerships we have been commissioned to undertake several reports on Violence across the County in recent years. Violence is not unique to one district in the County so each district has had bespoke reports created or has had the topic of violence featured in a wider strategic assessment.

All of the relevant reports can be found below in the reports section as well as in the document library.

Useful links and further information

For local information and guidance relating specifically to Domestic Abuse and Sexual violence please click here

To access Cambridgeshire Constabulary’s website please click here.