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At a family anniversary the mother of my sister in law was

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At a family anniversary the mother of my sister in law was very rude to me about my relationship with her daughters family - lack of support/contact etc which I managed to quell with explanations as to each situation but with a growing tide of resentment until I was sufficiently upset to mention in defence my disappointment at the regular lack of timely birthday messages that my family received - this sparked fury and my jaw was grabbed, my face twisted in her fist, at least 3 times as she spit more venom, I thought I was about to be punched, or grabbed if I left my position - perched on the end of the seat, eventually she was literally grabbed and dragged away screaming in a bent low near crawling position by her husband. This was all witnessed by my young children and other family and friends. I had made allowances because of her drunk demeanour, but I was shocked by the physical attack and the nature of her departure. I was given immediate support by my parents friends and my family but promptly left the event to travel 100 miles home in preference to the accommodation offered - as emotions were running high.

Since the incident, I have received much support from my sister and parents, but have only had further petty bile about the birthday card issue from the sister in law.

It is extremely difficult, and I suspect the mother is struggling with alcohol abuse. But I would like to explore my rights as I have been assaulted both physically and emotionally.

Please help.

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Customer: replied 4 years ago.
What do you advise that I should do?
what are my legal rights, should this be reported to the police? What is the likely outcome?
When did this happen?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
The evening of Saturday, 8th February 2014, at the Glendower hotel, St Anne's, mid evening circa 8.30-9pm ish, private party to celebrate my parents 50 th wedding anniversary.

You are free to report this if you want to. You are describing a common assault which is summary only but that only means it needs to be prosecuted within 6 months and you clearly are.

Whether you want to do that is another matter. Of course, it is a family dispute and I can well understand a decision not to make reports arising from that but that is a matter for you.

Obviously if you do decide to report it then the police will only be interested in the assault rather than the birthday card issues.

Hope this helps. Please let me know if you need more information.

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