Assault Terminology

An assault is an attempted or threatened physical, verbal or emotional attack of one person by another. If physical contact is made during the attack, the assault becomes anassault and battery.

If the attack involves a weapon such as a gun, knife or other object that can be used to cause injury, or if the intent is to do more than merely frighten the victim, the assault may be considered an aggravated assault.

sexual assault forcefully involves someone in unwanted sexual behavior and can range from a gesture to rape. Domestic assault involves violence against family members or cohabitants.