How to Report Assault (and Who to Report it to)

This post is a part of our guide series to support anyone who may have been assaulted in the past or has questions around the topic:

What is Assault? Definitions & Meanings
Who Commits Assault & Why?
What counts as Assault?
How to Report Assault (and Who to Report it to)
How is Assault Proven in Court?
Punishment & Sentencing for Assault
How to Heal and Recover from Assault
What Impact Does Assault Have on Victims, Families & Friends?
What Effects Does Assault Have on Wider Society?
How can Assault be Prevented?
Assault Data & Statistics
Assault Helplines, Support & Further Reading

Everyone has a right to be safe, reporting is the first step towards protection.

Reporting an assault can be a challenging situation be it a victim, survivor or onlooker. However we can all play an important part when we become aware or acknowledge an assault is/or has taken place, ensure to raise your concerns or report your experience.

This guide will provide some useful information on how you can safely report assault.

Who can or should I report assault to?

For a non-emergency you can call the police on 101, alternatively if you or anyone else is at risk of immediate danger contact the police on 999.

How do I report assault that happened to me?

The first step would be to report the incident/s to the police, you can do this by going to your local police station or by calling 101. It would involve providing a detailed statement of what happened and also details of the offender. The police will then explain the prosecution process should the assault be one which may involve court proceedings. The police will begin an investigation if they feel confident with you wanting to proceed.

How do I report the assault of someone else?

If you are worried about the safety and welfare of any individual and unsure about what to do, you may wish to contact the police on the non-emergency number 101. They will be able to guide you further on the best course of action, however If there is a risk of immediate danger dial 999.

Alternatively you may wish to report a crime but wish to remain anonymous in which case you can  Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

What happens after assault is reported?

Depending on the type of assault committed, as part of the investigation process, the police may do the following;

  • Ask you to provide details of any other witnesses who can corroborate your report
  • They may attempt to gather further evidence
  • May arrest and interview the offender (if you are wanting to prosecute)

After completing their investigation, the police normally pass the file to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) who will decide whether there is enough evidence and if it is in the public interest to charge and convict the offender. This may involve a court process in which you will be required to give evidence.

We understand how difficult it is to see someone you know or love experiencing abuse, sometimes trying to help a victim is not easy. It’s important to remember that you are not alone and the first step that you should take is to talk to someone. No one should have to deal with abuse alone.

Here at the Criminal Injuries Helpline, we help victims of violent crime and abuse recover compensation. You may want to help the victim gain some justice, get in touch with us today to see if the victim would qualify.

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