Crimes of assault are among the most serious offences that can be committed against the person. Similar to the other States and Territories, Tasmania has a number of assault offences which reflect the varying degrees of seriousness that crimes of assault may take.

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It is unlawful to assault someone else

It is an offence to unlawfully assault another person. Assault can also be a crime contrary to the Criminal Codeor the Police Offences Act (s35). An assault is the intentional application of force to another person without their consent, or the threat to apply such force. Under the Criminal Code an ‘aggravated’ assault upon a pregnant woman (s184A, Criminal Code), is much more serious. An ‘aggravated’