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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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In 2014, a greater percentage of robberies (61 percent) and aggravated assaults (58 percent) were reported to police than simple assaults (40 percent) and rape or sexual assaults (34 percent).
The Hate Crime Statistics Program collects details about an offender's bias motivation associated with 11 offense types already being reported to the UCR Program: murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, forcible rape, aggravated assault, simple assault, and intimidation (crimes against persons); and robbery, burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, arson, and destruction/damage/ vandalism (crimes against property).
Montes later fled from the scene but was arrested shortly afterwards, while police had to reportedly use a Taser gun to subdue DICkey, who has been charged with simple assault and resisting arrest.
Jones - who was treated at a local hospital after being struck in the face with a glass on Thursday night - could be sentenced to up to a year in jail after being charged with simple assault for the incident.
At the high court in Edinburgh a jury cleared Baker of culpable homicide and convicted him of simple assault.
Last week, he was charged with theft, general damage to property and simple assault, along with his girlfriend, Jennifer Pankratz, who is facing similar charges.
It leaves a sour taste in my mouth that for a simple assault he got ten months and for the killing he only got eight.
The police, skeptical of his story, charged him with simple assault, harassment, and indirect criminal contempt.
Last year, he was acquitted of killing Indian waiter Mr Chhokar and found guilty of simple assault.
Besides pleading guilty to two counts each of simple assault, both Teamsters plead guilty to felony charges of riot and conspiracy.
In comparison, about half of victims of simple assault (51 percent), which does not involve serious physical injuries or a weapon, experienced socio-emotional problems from the victimization.
The newspaper said Varone was charged with simple assault, disorderly conduct and criminal mischief.

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