Difference between battery and assault

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Assault is the threat. "If you don't take these meds, I will force them down your throat!"

Battery is the physical touching that is against the patient's will.


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Specializes in Psychiatric.

Assault is the verbalization of intent

Battery is the physical harm

morte, LPN, LVN

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You need to know YOUR state laws, it varies.


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These are the definitions I learned as well -but it always raised questions about the terms 'sexual assault' and 'sexual battery', which are not generally defined that way.


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My husband came up with these "tricks" and for some reason, it has always stayed in my head!

Stupid I know, but I remember them now! :yeah:

Assault - you don't have to touch salt to get it out (as in, just shake the salt shaker when boiling pasta or whatever)

Battery - you're going to get hurt if you touch a battery while it's raining outside (it's going to shock you!)

Assault : a threat to cause harm

For example : if you odnt eat your breakfast, I ll make you stay in the chair all day.

Battery : purposeful, wrongful, touching without consent

For example : a client who presents his hand when told it is tim eot test his blood glucose implies consent

Relies on implied consent as an agreement inferred by the client's cooperative behavior

For example : continuing to give the client an enema even when she says "stop" is battery.

Good luck