Crime & Family Flyer

Aggravated Assault & Battery

Definition of Aggravated Assault & Battery

  1. Aggravated assault is the crime of physically attacking another person which results in serious bodily harm and/or is committed with a deadly or dangerous weapon such as a gun, knife, sword, ax or blunt instrument. Aggravated assault is usually a felony punishable by a term in state prison. It may involve, among other things, assault with intent to rape, maim or murder.
  2. Battery is a crime and also the basis for a lawsuit as a civil wrong if there is damage. Battery is also any physical contact with another person, to which that person has not consented.

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How Families Are Affected By This Type of Crime

Domestic violence, which can include assault and battery, happens frequently in dysfunctional families. For example, the victims, who are usually the women and children within the family are often assaulted by the husband/father.

In normal families, the parents usually teach their children at a young age that it is not okay to hit other children, adult figures, etc. if they are angry/upset. This will prevent the children from developing poor behavior or from becoming aggressive and hostile towards other people when angered and how to deal with their anger in a healthy way.