Figures show that there has been a 7% increase in the number of people being admitted to hospital for violent attacks.
According to A&E data, the number of assaults resulting in hospital treatment increased last year, with the number of women going to hospital after being attacked increasing by 10%.
The study of 49 A&E departments in England and Wales collected by academics at Cardiff University highlights a rise in violent crime.
The figures, which come ahead of quarterly crime figures, also show that the total number of patients who said their injuries were not accidental went up to 6.6%.
This is the first time since 2001 that the figures increased. If all of the hospitals in the country experienced the same rise, an additional 21,000 more people in 2008 would have been forced to seek medical help due to similar circumstances - pushing the total to 350,000.
The Violence and Society Research Group also discovered that there was a 24% increase in the number of men and women aged between 31 and 50 attending A&E because of assaults.
The group’s director, Professor Jonathan Shepherd, said: ‘For both women and men one of the best ways to reduce the risk of being injured is monitoring how much you drink.’