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An act by which a person intentionally or recklessly applies force to the complainant. This is what most people think of as an assault and although it is commonly used to describe battery, even by the police it is not correct. The physical contact between attacker and victim is battery.

If you feel you have been a victim of this you need to report it to your local policing team via the non-emergency 101 number. For more information please see the websites in related information. There is a link to the 'Help for Victims' website and a Youtube video guide to the website.

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