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The principal statute dealing with offences of violence committed against others remains the Offences Against the Person Act 1861 (“the 1861 Act”). In this report we make recommendations for reform of that Act and associated offences. Our consideration focuses primarily on those offences which deal with causing physical or psychiatric harm. However, because of their close connection with the 1861 Act offences, and in order to work towards coherent law reform in this area, we also consider offences such as assault and battery and the offence of
assaulting a constable in the execution of his duty.