The word "battery" comes from the Latin "battuere" meaning
"to beat." In a legal sense, battery occurs when a perpetrator willfully
touches or uses force against a person without his or her consent. The act of
battery must include actual physical contact between the perpetrator and the
victim or to an object connected to the victim. Throwing an object which strikes
another individual is a clear case of battery. An example of battery in which
there is no actual touching of the victim would be knocking a tray full of food
out of another's hands.