Non Fatal Violence Explained
The main non fatal violence offences, other than sexual offences, are common law assault and battery and the aggravated assault offences under the Offences Against the Person Act 1861, ss 47, 20 and 18. The modern phenomenon of stalking , putting a person in fear of violence and harassment are also governed by this area of Law. (see also Family Law - Domestic Violence)Get Legal Advice
“… can you explain the difference between the offences… sections 18, 20 and 47 in terms of severity and sentence…”
“ I am a single mother who works a late shift at my local supermarket… most nights I have to pass a group of youths on my way home… one in particular makes my life a complete misery…constantly making threats and gesturing obscenely…recently I have been receiving telephone calls where no one speaks… but this person makes telephone gestures and laughs… I am at my wits end and feel I cannot continue like this but I do not want to quit my job. Although this person hasn`t actually done anything yet is there something I can do…I have spoken to my local police officer but he feels because no crime has been committed…”
‘…I have been told that there is no legal definition of harrassment or stalking… is this true…what can be done…”
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