An assault is any unlawful attempt or offer with force or violence to do bodily harm to another, whether from ill will or extreme carelessness; for example, by striking at or holding up the fist at a person in a threatening or insulting manner, or with other circumstances that evidence an intention, coupled with a present ability, of actual violence against the person, such as by pointing a weapon at him when he is within reach of it. When the injury is actually inflicted, it amounts to a battery.
Assault and battery is the combination of the crimes of threat (assault)
and actual beating (battery).
An assault is:
A battery is any:
Violent offenses are overwhelmingly committed by males. There are a number of factors that are analyzed in studying offender characteristics and different studies use different characteristics as the basis of the study. Such characteristics include, among others, age, race, gender, location, parental involvement, education, past criminal history, drug/alcohol use, and mental illness.