Police are appealing for information following a report of an aggravated burglary in Catterick Garrison.
It occurred at an address on Badgerbeck Road in the village, between 7.45am and 8.30am on Tuesday 19 July 2011, when a 31-year-old woman confronted a burglar in her home.
She had telephoned her husband to say that she believed someone was in the house and that she was going to check downstairs. Her husband then contacted the police a short time later.
When officers arrived at the address they found the woman with a stab wound to her foot. They conducted a search of the property to ensure that the offender was no longer present.
The victim was taken to hospital where she was treated for her injuries, before being released later the same day.
The man who committed the burglary is described as black, approximately 5ft 9in tall with a medium build. He was wearing a black hoodie style top with the hood drawn up around his face and black tracksuit bottoms.
Detective Sergeant Simon Hepburn, of Richmond CID, said: "I ask anyone who can help to identify the man connected to this incident to contact the police straight away.
"Thankfully the injuries suffered by the woman were not as serious as they could have been. However, the incident has naturally left her shaken and upset.
"I would like to reassure residents that this type of incident, where someone encounters a burglar in their home, is extremely rare in North Yorkshire. However, if you believe that someone is in your property I would urge you not to intervene yourself and dial 999 immediately."
If you can help with this investigation please contact DC Chris Burton at Richmond police station on 0845 60 60 24 7 quoting reference number 12110120101, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
3.39pm - 20 July 2011