What is the definition of violent crime?

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Violent crime is crime in which the perpetrator either commits violence against the victim or threatens to do so.  The violence can be the whole point of the crime (as in assault or murder) or it can just be a means to achieving the real point of the crime (as in robbery).  Either way, violence has been used or threatened and therefore the crime is a violent crime.

As the fbi.gov link below shows us, there are four types of violent crime as defined by the Uniform Crime Reporting Program.  These types of crime are

  • Murder and nonnegligent manslaughter
  • Forcible (as opposed to statutory) rape
  • Aggravated assault
  • Robbery


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