The Assault Of Assault Level 1

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Assault is defined as “Every one commits an offence who, in any manner, knowingly utters, conveys or causes any person to receive a threat to (a) cause death or bodily harm to any person; (b) to burn, destroy or damage real or personal property; (c) or to kill, poison or injure an animal or bird that is the property of any person.” (Criminal Code, 1985, s 264.1 (1)). If any person were to commit one of these offences the punishments would be (a) an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years; or (b) an offence punishable on summary conviction and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding eighteen months. (Criminal Code, 1985, s 264.1 (1)). There are 3 different levels of assault Level 1 being the …show more content…

Violent crimes present in British Columbia seemed to be decreasing between 2012 and 2014 with a 96.04 index in 2012 leading to a 11.58% drop in 2013 however by 2015 there was an increase of 7.43% still only putting the index at 82.99 from 77.25 the previous year (Statistics Canada, 2016). Throughout Canada there has also been a decrease between the years 2012 and 2014 for violent crimes with an 85.72 index in 2012 then going down to 70.50 by 2014 (Statistics Canada, 2016). The biggest drop in those years was again in 2013 with a 9.76% drop though by 2015 it started to increase to a 74.48 index making it a 5.65% change (Statistics Canada, 2016).

Although the Uniform Crime Reporting Survey (UCR) is based on police reported incidents it is also useful too look at the General Social Survey (GSS) who personally contact people to see if they have been victimized in the past and with this they could have come across and recorded incidents that were not reported to the police (Statistics Canada, 2014). According to (GSS) physical assault is considered to be the most frequent violent crime in Canada with around 6.4 million criminal incidents during 2014, 22% of that was physical assault (Statistics Canada, 2014). Physical Assault is shown to have fallen by 35% in 2014 being the biggest drop since between 1999 and 2004 with having the highest incidents during 1999 and 2009 at 80 incidents per 1,000 people which dropped to about 45

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