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The crime of assault and battery relates to harming or threatening to harm another person. In legal terms, battery is harmful or offensive contact causing physical or psychological injuries. Assault is generally threatening someone with such harm. Words alone are usually not sufficient for an assault, but if offensive words are coupled with some other circumstance making the victim reasonably apprehensive of being harmed, then it may constitute assault.
Victims of assault or battery are able to sue their aggressor for damages, including medical expenses, lost earnings, psychological damage, and pain and suffering. Aggressors may face both civil and criminal charges. If you've been involved in a situation and are concerned about whether it may amount to assault or battery, contact an attorney in your area today.