Getting help fast
A physical attack or a threat to hurt you are both considered crimes.
- If an attack is taking place or has just happened, call 999
- If it's not an emergency, you can report a crime on 101, online or at a police station
- If you need medical help but it's not an emergency, call 111
A physical attack could also be:
- domestic abuse if you know the person who attacked you
- a hate crime if you’ve been attacked because of your race or beliefs
Getting help to recover
Being attacked can be very frightening. You might find it hard to get back on your feet emotionally, physically and practically.
There are a lot of organisations that can support you if you’ve been attacked or threatened. Find support near you.
After reporting an attack
If you've been seriously hurt or are a victim of attempted murder, you'll be entitled to extra support from organisations like the police, courts and victim services. That could include:
- getting a specialist support service to contact you
- referring you to someone who can help you recover, through counselling or therapy
- being given information about special measures that could help you give evidence in court
You can see everything you're entitled to in the Victims' Code. This is a government document that sets out the information and support you should get from public services.