Group violence

Have you been the victim of group violence?

Gangs will often use fear as a weapon. If you have been a victim of violence you may feel that:

  • you can't tell anyone
  • you will be attacked again if you report it
  • you are a target for the gang in the future

The fact is, unless you tell someone about it, nothing will change and you will just carry on looking over your shoulder and not knowing what to do.

It may seem as though the gang is powerful and in control, but:

  • they are probably all young people and scared of violence just like anyone else
  • they are probably already known to the police

What can you do?

First, if you've been attacked, you should make sure you've been to hospital or seen a doctor:

  • head wounds can be very serious
  • if there is no blood, it could still be very serious
  • damage to the inside of the body can be life threatening

You should also talk to someone about it:

  • tell your parents or a responsible adult
  • talk to your teacher or your Safer Schools Officer
  • or consider speaking to a professional in confidence at ChildLine on 0800 1111

Report it

If you do feel ready to report it:

  • You can go into your nearest police station or speak to your Safer Schools Officer or local Safer Neighbourhoods Team - if it's an emergency and someone is in immediate danger you should call 999.
  • If you feel unable to talk to the police, you can call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111 (you won't have to give your name and your call will not be traced).
  • Or for more information visit the ‘Reporting crime’ section on the Metropolitan Police website or the ‘How to contact us’ page on this site.

Getting more help

There are also many trained professionals who can offer confidential help and advice. Visit our ‘More help and advice’ page.

For other related topics, take a look at our sections on bullying and knife and gun crime.

Group violence