What if I am assaulted?

If someone touches you without your permission, you may have been assaulted. If you are injured as a result, then you may have a claim against the person who assaulted you. In some cases, you may also have a claim against people who could have prevented the assault.

Assaults are also a criminal matter, and you should report the assault to the police as soon as possible. Try to make a note of the name and badge number of the investigating officer. The police will frequently ask you to give a statement, and you should request a copy. You should also ask the investigating officer to keep you advised of any charges that are laid against the person who assaulted you.

If you have been sexually assaulted, you should report the assault to the police and go to the hospital as soon as possible, for proper recording and preservation of any physical evidence of the assault.

If you are assaulted in a bar, sporting arena, or inside any other public building, you should report the assault to the owner as soon as possible. Owners will often make incident reports, and you should try to obtain a copy. Try to note the name of the person you spoke to, as well as his or her position, if appropriate.

You should take notes of the details of the assault, including the name, address, and telephone number of any witnesses.

If you do not know the identity of the person who assaulted you, you should note a description of the person in as much detail as possible.

In the case of an assault, you may be entitled to compensation from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board. You should seek the advice of an experienced personal injury lawyer to assist you in making a claim for compensation to the Board.