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Assaults can range in seriousness from common assault to inflicting grievous bodily harm, however being the victim of an assault can be quite traumatising and physically debilitating. Witnessing an assault can also be a stressful and traumatic experience.

Being the victim of an assault, or witnessing an assault, can cause victims to experience emotional distress including fear, anxiety and dread. Additional symptoms may follow such as depression and anxiety. These emotional impacts can be particularly intense for those who suffer serious physical injuries that require immediate or ongoing medical care from the assault.

There is help available whether you would like to access counseling or help navigating the criminal justice system. You can contact Victim Support ACT on 1800 822 272 or at victimsupport@act.gov.au. You can also visit the Links page for a list of support agencies.