- Richard CardRichard CardEmeritus Professor of Law, De Montfort University, Leicester
- and Jill MolloyJill MolloySenior Lecturer in Law, Birmingham City University
This chapter deals with non-fatal offences against the person. Many offences, such as battery and common assault, cannot be committed if the victim gives a valid consent. This chapter first assesses the relevance of the victim’s consent to the liability for a non-fatal offence against the person before turning to a number of non-fatal offences against the person, including assault and battery, assault or battery occasioning actual bodily harm, maliciously inflicting grievous bodily harm (GBH) or a wound and causing GBH or a wound with intent to cause GBH. The chapter discusses a number of statutes that govern non-fatal offences against the person, such as the Offences Against the Person Act 1861, the Police Act 1996 and the Crime and Disorder Act 1998.