What is the difference between ABH and GBH?
Both actual bodily harm (ABH) and grievous bodily harm (GBH) are criminal offences. But, what is the difference and which is worse?
As highlighted above, ABH is a less serious injury that doesn’t cause permanent damage to the victim. Some common examples include:
- Temporary loss of consciousness
- Extensive or multiple bruising
- Minor bone fractures
- Slashes and cuts that are less severe than wounding
Mike is standing in a queue at the supermarket checkout. While Mike is standing, someone queue jumps in front of him. After a heated argument, Mike punches the queue jumper in the face and cracks a few of his teeth.
On the other hand, GBH is a serious injury that can have a permanent impact on the victim, such as:
- Broken bones
- Serious disfigurement
- Serious burns
Sarah goes out to a nightclub and throws corrosive acid over another person, causing the victim permanent facial disfigurement and blindness.