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Advice for victims of assault

Seek Medical Attention

The most important thing to do if you have been injured as a result of an assault is to seek medical attention as soon as possible; whether this is at an emergency department, walk-in medical clinic or your family doctor. This is not only to treat your most immediate symptoms but also to document the extent of your injuries and confirm that the incident occurred. This is of special significance if the police later become involved and in any subsequent personal injury lawsuit.

Report the Assault

Speaking purely from my experience gained over a span of a decade, practicing as a personal injury lawyer; an alarming number of assaults, some causing very serious injuries, go unreported to the police.  I would strongly encourage you to attend the police station in your area at your earliest opportunity. When you attend, ask to speak to an officer to file an Occurrence Report. It will be helpful in the police investigation if you bring any photographs taken immediately after the assault, as well as any medical reports that document your injuries.

If you attended an emergency room you can ask for a Discharge Report. Whether charges are laid by the police or pursued by the Crown is ultimately out of your hands. But you have done your part and you may take some comfort knowing that charges would never have been laid unless you filed the Occurrence Report.


Unless the person who assaulted you is independently wealthy, recovering compensation in assault cases can be challenging. There are exceptions however; recovering compensation is more likely if the person who assaulted you was in the course and scope of his or her employment when the incident occurred.

A good example of this would be if you were assaulted by a bouncer at a bar or tavern.  As a last resort, you may always apply to the Criminal Injury Compensation Board which provides limited compensation for injuries, loss of income and treatment. It is important that you contact a personal injury lawyer the first chance you get, so he/she can advise you on the correct course of action.