Group violence

Do you think a member of your family is involved in group violence?

Depending on who in your family it is, it can be very scary to think they might be involved in gangs or group violence. Why are they doing it? Maybe it's because they think gangs:

  • provide easy access to money
  • seem cool
  • offer protection
  • give a sense of belonging

But there are lots of reasons why they might find it hard to get out of a gang:

  • they probably know it's wrong, but are scared to leave
  • they may have been threatened or are worried they'll get into trouble
  • they might feel loyal to the gang
  • it can be very difficult getting out of a bad situation

What can you do?

It can be very dangerous getting mixed up in gangs. If you think your brother, sister or other family member will listen encourage them to talk to someone like a family friend or other responsible adult.

If you don't think they'll listen to you, don't risk it; talk to someone yourself. You will be doing them a favour in the long run:

Report it

There is absolutely no excuse for violence so if your brother, sister or other member of your family has hurt someone you must report it, even if you think you might get them into trouble. It's better they get into trouble now than get into more serious trouble in the future - or worse still get themselves or someone else seriously injured.

  • 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 in confidence (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 to both the person you're worried about, and to you. 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