1

I understand the spitting at someone intentionally in the UK is an act of assault; my question is more in the relation to the acceptable forms of retaliation, whether throwing a punch for example would be deemed as reasonable or whether this would then qualify as an assault itself but on your part. What is the best way for a member of public to respond to this form of assault, being under UK (or EU) law. Any response is greatly appreciated.

  • 1
    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is about an "acceptable" form of revenge. – Libra Apr 1 at 3:04
2

You are allowed to respond to a threat with reasonable force

You are not allowed to retaliate.

A past assault does not allow the use of force: an immenant one does.

Technically, someone threatening to spit on you is assault, them actually doing so is battery. Striking someone in response to being spat on is itself battery.

  • Couldn't spitting be interpreted as a non-verbal threat of further violence? – Kenshin Mar 21 at 10:40

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.