Official Statistics

Nature of violent crime

Figures from the 2010 to 2011 British Crime Survey (BCS).



The figures presented here are from the 2010/11 British Crime Survey (BCS).

Violent crime as measured by the British Crime Survey includes:

  • assault with minor injury;
  • assault with no injury;
  • wounding; and
  • robbery.

Violence as measured by the BCS can also be classified into four subgroups (violence typology):

  • domestic;
  • mugging;
  • stranger; and
  • acquaintance.

Domestic violence - includes all violent incidents, excluding mugging, which involve partners, ex-partners, household members or other relatives.

Mugging - this is a popular rather than a legal term, comprising robbery, attempted robbery, and snatch theft from the person.

Stranger violence - includes assault and wounding incidents where the victim did not know (any of) the offender(s) in any way.

Acquaintance violence - comprises assault and wounding incidents where the victim knew (one or more of) the offender(s), at least by sight.