Group violence

Are you worried your child has been a victim of group violence?

Group violence can be unprovoked, vicious and terrifying for your child, but also for you.

Your child may feel:

  • scared to talk about it
  • worried about the consequences of telling someone
  • reluctant to talk at all
  • alone

These are natural reactions and are to be expected. You need to make sure you do what you can to make your child feel reassured and safe, as well as making sure they know you are there for them.

If you think they've been targeted because of a wider problem with bullying visit get the facts about bullying, or for more info on how you can actually help them visit ‘Are you worried your child is being bullied?’.

Maybe guns or knives are involved. Get the facts about gun and knife crime here.

What can you do?

Make sure that you seek medical help for any injuries:

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

The next thing to do is to report it

Even if they don't know who attacked them, it should still be reported:

  • You can go into your nearest police station or speak to your child's Safer Schools Officer or local Safer Neighbourhoods Team - if it's an emergency and they are 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 many trained professionals who can offer confidential help and advice to support both you and your child. Some you should try are: ChildLine, Victim Support and Be Someone to Tell.

For more information about group violence visit our ‘More help and advice’ page, or for other related topics, take a look at our sections on bullying and knife and gun crime.

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