Physical assault is any act of violent contact between two individuals, usually against the victim’s will. Physical assault can be perpetrated through the use of hands, arms, or feet. It may involve hitting, pushing, kicking, biting, or even spitting. Assaults between intimate partners or family members may be labeled "domestic violence". Assaults on a child may be called child abuse. Most physical assault charges are Class 1 Misdemeanors.
However, there are instances when physical assaults are classified as felonies
when physical assaults are committed with the use of a weapon, and the victim sustains a open wound that results in bleeding or broken bone (the crime is then labeled "maiming")
serious assaults on a child
if individuals attack and injure someone as a part of a group, they may be charged with "maiming by mob"
an individual with two previous convictions of domestic violence may also be charged with felony assault if he or she is charged a third time
However, a physical assault does not have to be classified as a felony to cause significant disruption in an individual’s life. Many men and women who are injured in an attack against their person may suffer injuries and miss time from work. Together, both of these outcomes can cause financial strain. There may also be the issue of fear...victims may feel vulnerable to another assault, especially if threats were made at the time of the attack. Listed below are some topics that may be of special interest to victims of physical assault.