Physical violence is when an individual or a group attacks or threatens to attack someone physically. This may or may not involve the use of a weapon. 

Examples of physical violence include: 
  • scratching 
  • kicking 
  • pushing 
  • punching 
  • throwing things 
  • physically restraining. 
Physical assault can happen to anyone, regardless of gender, age or any other characteristic. Physical assault can also include the following: 
  • Discrimination or hate crime– if the assault was motivated by hostility towards a person or group due to a protected characteristic. 
  • Domestic violence – if the assault happened within a relationship or between family members. 
  • Sexual assault and rape – if the assault was of a sexual nature.  



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