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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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The third-highest percentage of officers assaulted (11.
Koss and Dinero (1988) reported that 74% of assaulters and 55% of the assaulted in their national sample of college students had been drinking alcohol.
Three of the women and four of the men reported that they had been assaulted twice.
Department of the Interior employed 247 of the officers who were assaulted, and 62 of these officers were injured.
In the second, In the Line of Fire, published in 1997, they provided the findings from their interviews with offenders who had assaulted law enforcement officers and those with officers who had survived felonious attacks.
The Department of Justice employed 162 of the officers who were assaulted, and 42 of these officers were injured.
The fact that Honora Conway was pregnant when she was assaulted does not seem to have attracted much notice.
These two reports were combined in 1982 to create the annual publication, Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted.
According to the court, the prisoner swung a telephone, kicked, spat and verbally assaulted the officers.
One of the men sexually assaulted her, then they poured gasoline on her and forced her into their sedan, then drove her about 1 1/2 miles to the end of Avenue R-8 and pushed her out.
Over the past several years, FBI researchers have investigated cases where law enforcement officers were seriously assaulted.