Residents in West Virginia may benefit form understanding more about potential defense strategies for assault and battery charges. Some of the common defenses for these types of offenses include self-defense, defense of others, defense of property and consent. People accused of sexual assault may be able to use consent as a defense. If the complainant has voluntarily conceded to a particular act, than that same act may not be classified as battery or assault. Once the act supersedes the complainant's consent, the accused may be subject to battery or assault charges.