ASSAULT AND BATTERY LAWYER

When a man or a woman is attacked by their partner the assailant is guilty of battery. If it’s a minor assault and no bodily harm was sustained, in Spain the offence is known as “maltrato de obra”. The Spanish Criminal Code imposes the same sentences as those in which minor bodily harm has been sustained.

Assault and battery offences in cases of gender-based violence and domestic abuse can be punished with jail time, although the courts sometimes favour community services as an alternative option.

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WHAT TO DO IF…

If you have been assaulted by your partner or ex-partner, the first thing you need to do is visit a health care centre or hospital so they can issue a medical report. This document will be a key part in the ensuing proceedings.

Afterwards, you need to file a report otherwise the abuse will remain unpunished and, what’s worse, it is likely that the assaulter will repeat the behaviour.

We recommend that you get in touch with a lawyer immediately, even before you file a report, since receiving adequate legal counsel will help you feel safe throughout the proceedings and will increase your chances of success.

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EXAMPLES OF ASSAULT CASES

1

My boyfriend and I were arguing and he punched me. It’s the first time he has ever hit me, up until now all he ever did was insult me.

2

When we argue, she gets very aggressive and starts throwing things at me. Today it was a beer can; I had my back to her and it hit me right in the middle. I had to go to the doctor because of the bruise I have.

3

For many years now, whenever my husband is having a tough time at work he lets it out on me when he gets home. Today he pushed me and I fell.

4

If I don’t agree with her on issues that have to do with her family she starts to yell and insult me and my entire family. Today she slapped me and punched me in the ribs.

IF YOU ARE IN A SIMILAR SITUATION, DON’T THINK TWICE

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