Assault covers a range of actions, from using threatening words to a severe physical attack that leaves the victim permanently disabled.
Offences of assault fall under the Offences against the Person Act 1861, the Criminal Justice Act 1988 and the Crime and Disorder Act 1998.
There are three basis types of assault offence:
- common assault
- actual bodily harm (ABH)
- grievous bodily harm (GBH)/ wounding