Violent crime includes murder, rape and sexual assault, robbery, and assault. A crime of violence occurs when an offender uses or threatens to use violent force upon a victim. Classifying an offense as a violent crime does not require that the offender used a weapon.
Violent crime impacts every aspect of a person’s life. The resulting physical and psychological injuries can affect a person’s ability to work, go to school, and meet their own individual goals and aspirations. Often victims may require treatment to address the injuries caused by the violent acts of another. The monetary expenses incurred – after losing a loved one, for medical and dental care, psychological assistance, crime scene clean up services, and future security measures – should not serve to further victimize those who are affected by violent crime.