Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentLaw & Ethics · 1 decade ago

Whats the difference between GBH and ABH?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    It's a matter of degree. Surface injuries, such as bruises and grazes, fall within the category of ABH, while more serious injuries, such as broken bones, are categorised as GBH. As a rough rule of thumb:

    Examples of ABH:

    loss or breaking of teeth

    temporary loss of sensory functions

    extensive or multiple bruising

    minor fractures and cuts requiring stitches

    psychiatric injury going beyond fear, distress or panic

    Examples of GBH:

    injury resulting in some permanent disability or visible disfigurement

    broken or displaced limbs or bones

    injuries requiring blood transfusion or lengthy treatment

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Usually Grievous Bodily Harm.GBH is a where the inflicted wound penetrates the seven layers of skin or where a limb is fractured. Anything less than this is usually Actual Bodily Harm (ABH). A person cannot consent to causing GBH to themselves ( ie self inflicting wounds) and could still be prosecuted for GBH to themselves. Some Attempted Murder charges have been reduced to GBH where you cannot prove that the offender had an actual intention to do the particular kind of harm that was in fact done.

  • 1 decade ago

    ABH is Assault Occasioning Actual Bodily Harm under section 47 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861. That means, in layman's terms that you must intentionally or recklessly assault (use force upon or threaten immediately to use force upon) someone else and that assault must cause them an injury which is more than trivial. Bruising is sufficient.

    maximum sentence is 5 years

    GBH comes in several flavours under sections 20 and 18 of the OAPA. The section 20 offence is intentionally or recklessly causing Grevious Bodily Harm ( defined as "really serious"). Maximum sentence is 5 years.

    The section 18 offences are:

    1. causing GBH with intent.

    2. causing wounding with intent (a wound being, in essence a cut).

    3. causing GBH intentionally or recklessly while resisting arrest.

    Maximum sentence if Life.

    Source(s): Law Graduate, Oxford, BVC graduate, College of Law
  • 4 years ago

    Whats Gbh

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  • 1 decade ago

    In English law, there is a range of non-fatal offences of varying degrees of severity beginning with 'common assault' (the least serious), 'assault occasioning actual bodily harm' (ABH), and the most serious 'assault occasioning grievous bodily harm' (GBH).

  • 1 decade ago

    GBH is more seroius.

    ABH is minor cuts and bruises, whereas GBH is major injury - serious wounds, broken bones etc.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Grievous bodily harm is defined as serious bodily harm - the same sections also refer to wounding. ABH is actual bodily harm which is basically any bodily harm which is not serious.

    Hope that helps

    Source(s): UK legal aid criminal defence solicitor
  • 1 decade ago

    Grievous bodily Harm is what it says you have harmed someone Grievoulsly, Actual Bodily harm, is more of a Minor injury

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I think it's that Grevious (not Gross as I said before - d'oh, I'm an airhead today!) Bodily Harm is more serious than Actual Bodily Harm.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    gbh gets you in more trouble

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