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Etymology: L, assilirere, to leap upon
1 an unlawful act that places another person, without that person's consent, in fear of immediate bodily harm or battery.
2 the act of committing an assault.
3 to threaten a person with bodily harm or injury. See battery.


The unlawful placing of an individual in apprehension of immediate bodily harm without his or her consent.


Forensic medicine The unlawful placing of an individual in apprehension of immediate bodily harm without his/her consent. See Sexual assault, Nonsexual genital assault.

assault/interpersonal violence

A social act involving a serious abuse of power, consisting of the exertion of physical force and power over another individual with the intent of controlling, disempowering and/or injuring that individual. See Domestic violence.


n an intentional, unlawful offer of bodily injury to another by force or unlawfully directing force toward another person to create a reasonable fear of imminent danger, coupled with the apparent ability to do the harm threatened if not prevented. A completed assault is a battery. In a medical setting, the unconsented touching of the body would be an assault and battery.

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DOCTORS, nurses and other NHS staff were subjected to more than 2,000 physical assaults in just 12 months, new figures have revealed.
Studies of workplace violence among social workers typically include physical assault, verbal threat of assault, verbal abuse, and property damage (Newhill, 1996; Rey, 1996; Shields & Kiser, 2003; Spencer & Munch, 2003; Winstanley & Hales, 2008).
IN Redcar and Cleveland 140 suspensions were for physical assault against a pupil, 167 were due to persistent disruptive behaviour and 150 for other unspecified reasons.
WHILE cuts and bruises from angry patients are nothing new to nurses, there are growing concerns that there is a link between physical assaults and long-term musculoskeletal symptoms.
Five types of client violence were measured: physical assault, threat of physical harm, verbal abuse, threat of lawsuit, and damage to personal or agency property.
Aberdeenshire Council had six primary pupils carrying out a physical assault with a weapon and three who threatened to.
Staff were subjected to a catalogue of abuse including physical assaults, aggressive behaviour, verbal and racist abuse across West Yorkshire.
Nearly half (46%) of the sample were prison inmates, which could inflate the risk of physical assault by a stranger.
Medical examination of the victim revealed injuries commensurate with physical assault and confirmed that she had lost her virginity due to rape.
An analysis of the second survey's responses found that if individuals experienced or saw a physical assault, their risk of developing PTSD symptoms was more than twice as high if they also had family alcohol/drug or mental health problems.
The agency estimates more than 2,000 examiners have suffered either verbal or physical assaults since 1997.
The CTS2 measures individuals' use of a variety of tactics, including negotiation, psychological aggression, physical assault, and sexual coercion for dealing with conflict.

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