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1234.0 - Australian Standard Offence Classification (ASOC), 1997  
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Contents >> Chapter 3: Definitions >> 02 Acts Intended to Cause Injury

Division 02 - Acts Intended to Cause Injury

Acts, excluding attempted murder and those resulting in death (Division 01), which are intended to cause non-fatal injury or harm to another person and where there is no sexual or acquisitive element.

This division is further disaggregated into subdivisions on the basis of whether or not an act constitutes a direct assault upon a person or persons.

Offences in this division are classified into the following subdivisions:

    021 Assault
    029 Other Acts Intended to Cause Injury

    Inclusions:
    Offences that involve reckless behaviour amounting to intentionality or malice

    Exclusions:
    Sexual assault and related offences are excluded from this division as they are sufficiently distinct to form a separate division, Division 03, Sexual Assault and Related Offences

    Dangerous or negligent acts causing or potentially causing harm are excluded from this division on the basis that there is not an intention to cause harm. These acts are sufficiently distinct to form a separate division, Division 04, Dangerous or Negligent Acts Endangering Persons. Should it not be possible to determine whether there was intent or not, the default is to code to Division 04


Subdivision 021 - Assault

The direct (and immediate/confrontational) infliction of force, injury or violence upon a person or persons or the direct (and immediate/confrontational) threat of force, injury or violence where there is an apprehension that the threat could be enacted.

This subdivision is further disaggregated on the basis of whether or not the assault involved aggravated circumstances.

Offences in this subdivision are classified into the following groups:

    0211 Aggravated Assault
    0212 Non-Aggravated Assault

    Inclusions:
    This subdivision specifically includes face-to-face threatening behaviour if it is believed that the threat could be enacted. Where the existence of aggravating circumstances cannot be determined then 021 applies

    Exclusions:
    Ill-treatment of children/child neglect. These are coded to Group 0491, Neglect of Person Under Care

    Hinder/obstruct police officers or justice officials. This is coded to Group 1522, Resist or Hinder Police Officer or Justice Official

    Hinder/obstruct government officers involved in maintaining government security. This is coded to Subdivision 153, Offences Against Government Security

    Threats to kill. These are coded to Group 1613, Threatening Behaviour

    Use of force as part of a robbery unless specifically described as a separate offence of 'assault' or 'assault and robbery
    0211 - Aggravated Assault
    An assault, as defined in Subdivision 021, Assault, involving any of the following aggravating circumstances:
      • causing serious bodily injury;
      • carried out in company;
      • carried out using a weapon;
      • carried out with the intent of preventing apprehension or committing a felony; or
      • committed with the intent to recklessly endanger life or cause injury.

      Inclusions:
      Intentionally causing grievous bodily harm

    0212 Non-Aggravated Assault
    An assault not involving any aggravating circumstances as defined in Group 0211, Aggravated Assault.

      Inclusions:
      Common assault
      Assault police
      Assault officer in execution of his/her duty


Subdivision 029 - Other Acts Intended To Cause Injury

Acts involving the indirect and non-confrontational infliction of harm, injury or violence upon a person. Acts which, though not intended to cause harm, actually or potentially result in injury to oneself or another person are coded to Division 4.

This subdivision is not further disaggregated.

Offences in this subdivision are classified into the following group:

    0299 Acts Intended to Cause Injury, nec
    0299 Acts Intended to Cause Injury, nec
    Other acts intended to cause injury not elsewhere classified in Division 02, Acts Intended To Cause Injury.

      Inclusions:
      Administering illicit drugs
      Administering poison
      Setting mantraps
      Stupefying

      Exclusions:
      This group specifically excludes threatening behaviour. Where this action is direct (face-to-face) and it is believed that the threat could be enacted it constitutes assault and is coded to Subdivision 021, Assault. Where the action is not face-to-face it is coded to Group 1613, Threatening Behaviour




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