Aggravated Assault

UCR Definition

The Florida Uniform Crime Reports Program defines Aggravated Assault as an unlawful attack by one person upon another where either the offender displays a weapon or the victim suffers obvious severe or aggravated bodily injury involving apparent broken bones, loss of teeth, possible internal injury, severe laceration, or loss of consciousness.  Simple assaults are excluded.
The UCR Manual contains more information about these definitions.  Attempted murder is included as Aggravated Assault in the UCR definition.

Florida Statutes

784.021  Aggravated Assault  

784.03   Battery; felony battery  

784.041   Felony battery; domestic battery by strangulation  

784.045  Aggravated battery 

784.07  Assault or battery of law enforcement officers, firefighters, emergency medical care providers, public transit employees or agents, or other specified officers   

784.08  Assault or battery on persons 65 years of age or older    


There were 55,491 aggravated assaults reported in 2018.  Firearms were used in 16,792 of the aggravated assaults reported.

There were a total of 25,739 arrests for aggravated assault in 2018.  Of these arrests, 1,801 were juveniles and 23,938 were adults.

UCR Offense Data  Officer with offense report

55,491 Aggravated Assaults in 2018.
Source: 2018 Crime in Florida Report Abstract (PDF)

2018 Firearm use in aggravated assaults.  38,699 used no firearm.  16,792 used firearms.
Source: Firearm Use in Violent Crimes and Manslaughter by County, 1996-2018 (Excel)

Aggravated Assault by Weapon Type, 1995 - 2018 (PDF | Excel)
Aggravated Assault: Firearm Type and Rate for Florida, 1971 - 2018 (PDF | Excel)


Math Icon Information about calculating Percent Change, Crime Rates, and Clearance Rates

UCR Arrest Data  Handcuffs

25,739 aggravated assault arrests in 2018.
Source: County and Municipal Arrest Data, 2018 (PDF | Excel)
2018 aggravated assault arrests by age and sex. 1,296 juvenile males. 505 juvenile females. 18,275 adult males. 5,663 adult females.
Source: Arrests by Age, Sex and Offense for Florida, 2018 (PDF)
2018 aggravated assault arrests by judicial circuit.
Source: 2018 Disaggregated Judicial Circuit Arrest Report (PDF | Excel)
To learn more about which counties are in what circuit,
please see the Florida Courts website.  

Historical Data - Trends

Information about the different data sources found on our site.
Aggravated assault trend graph.
Source: Total Index Crime by County, 1989-2018 (Excel)
Total Arrests by County, 1989-2018
Computerized Criminal History Arrest by Crime Type, 2000-2018 (Excel)

UCR books
Crime in Florida: Aggravated Assault Section
  1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976
  1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982
  1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988

Aggravated Assault in Florida: a brief analysis of Aggravated Assault
Trends from 2007 to 2017


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