What is Grievous Bodily Harm?

The charge of causing wounding or grievous bodily harm (gbh charge) with intent is a very serious offence and carries a maximum penalty of 25 years of full-time imprisonment. This is contrary to section 33, Crime Act 1900.

Grievous Bodily Harm NSW

In NSW, as stated above, the legislation that covers grievous bodily harm is section 33 Crime Act 1900 which states;

A person who–

(a) wounds any person, or

(b) causes grievous bodily harm to any person,

with intent to cause grievous bodily harm to that or any other person is guilty of an offence.

Meaning of Grievous Bodily Harm

Furthermore, the definition of “Grievous bodily harm” includes–

(a) the destruction (other than in the course of a medical procedure or a termination of a pregnancy in accordance with the Abortion Law Reform Act 2019 ) of the foetus of a pregnant woman, whether or not the woman suffers any other harm, and

(b) any permanent or serious disfiguring of the person, and

(c) any grievous bodily disease (in which case a reference to the infliction of grievous bodily harm includes a reference to causing a person to contract a grievous bodily disease).


Minimum sentence for grievous bodily harm


The minimum sentence for grievous bodily harm is 7 years of full-time imprisonment. This is also known as the standard non-parole period. However, this does not mean that if you are convicted of wounding or grievous bodily harm, you can’t be sentenced to less than 7 years imprisonment. A standard non-parole period is seen as a guidepost for a sentencing court.

Actual Bodily Harm vs Grievous Bodily Harm

The best way to understand the difference between actual bodily harm and grievous bodily harm is to consider the below examples.

Nature of injury

Actual bodily harm vs grievous bodily harm

Serious bruising

Actual bodily harm

Fractured bones

Grievous bodily harm

Minor cuts to the face

Actual bodily harm

Abrasions to body parts

Actual bodily harm

Multiple Broken bones

Grievous bodily harm

Broken wrist requiring surgery

Grievous bodily harm

Bleeding from the arms

Actual bodily harm

Defences available to you

The defences available to you for such as charge is;

  • Self Defence;
  • Necessity; or
  • Consent.

You should contact the best criminal lawyer if you have been charged with wounding or grievous bodily harm. It is an extremely serious charge, and only an experienced criminal defence lawyer should give you advice.

If the police have charged you or a loved one, you must attend court. Appearing in court for a criminal charge is usually daunting. Let us help you make the process easier. Here are 10 reasons to choose our team of criminal lawyers from Lyons Law Group;


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  • Mohammad Khan | Criminal Defence Lawyer

    Mohammad Khan is the Principal Solicitor of Lyons Law Group. After graduating with a Bachelor of Aviation from the University of New South Wales, Mohammad took a keen interest in the law. He began training in criminal law under the tutelage of Australia’s leading criminal lawyer Adam Houda and studied law at the University of Sydney.