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If you are worried about knife crime or want to report someone who carries a knife visit the Crimestoppers website or call 0800 555 111.

Advice for victims of crime
If you have been a victim of any crime or been affected by a crime committed against someone you know, help is available.

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Muggings and assaults

Most muggings take place in the street or on public transport and usually happen in the evening. This guide gives you advice on what to do if you become a victim.

Being mugged

Young people are often victims of a mugging because they carry around a lot of expensive things like mobile phones, jewellery and MP3 players. They're also more likely carry cash in their wallets instead of credit and debit cards which can be more easily used.

Muggers will often use physical force to make you hand over your valuables and might carry weapons like knives. If you are confronted by a mugger, the best idea is to give them your things, especially if they're threatening you with a weapon.

Remember you can easily replace your belongings or cancel cards if they are stolen, so don't put yourself at risk of being seriously injured just to keep hold of your stuff.
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If you've been beaten up or threatened with violence by anyone then this is classed as an assault, even if you're not hurt.

Assaults can happen at any time of the day and can be committed by anyone. You could be walking down the street, at school or college or even in your own home. As well as strangers, you can also be attacked by people you know.

People found guilty of assault will face serious punishments and might have to spend time in custody. If the assault is found to be a racist or homophobic attack, or if someone was attacked because of their religious beliefs, the sentence will be more severe.
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Happy slapping

Another form of assault you might have heard about is happy slapping.

This is when someone is assaulted or beaten up by a gang of people while someone films the attack on their mobile phone.

If you're a victim of happy slapping or you see someone else being attacked, you should report it to the police as soon as possible.

What to do if you've been attacked

You might be anxious, in shock or in a state of panic if you've been assaulted. The first thing to do is get any injuries checked out by a doctor. If you’ve had any property stolen, you should cancel any cards or mobile phones so no-one else can use them.

You should also report the attack to the police. Even if you haven't been seriously hurt, or managed to get away from your attacker without anything being stolen, the police can use the information you give them to stop it happening to anyone else.

You might also want to speak to someone about how you feel. Victims First is an independent charity which helps people cope with the effects of crime.

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