Under current New York law, a slap, shove, or kick that doesn't cause physical injury can be charged as a non-criminal violation, but only if the offender's intent is to "alarm, harass, or annoy" the victim.

Charges can't be brought if the offender's intent is sexual arousal or gratification, unless the victim proves the violence caused substantial pain or injuries that go beyond bumps, bruises and cuts.

She said she found no misconduct by attorney general's office staff.

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"This is a victory for all women but we need more than words," she said.

Schneiderman's campaign fund had about $7.4 million as of July, according to a campaign finance report filed with the state.

said Thursday that she couldn't bring criminal charges over allegations he physically abused women he dated, in part, because current state law doesn't explicitly outlaw such behavior.

Schneiderman, 63, said he recognizes that Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas' decision "does not mean I have done nothing wrong." In closing the six-month investigation, Singas implored lawmakers to pass legislation to criminalize slapping, shoving and other violence committed for sexual gratification.

"I apologize for any and all pain that I have caused, and I apologize to the people of the State of New York for disappointing them after they put their trust in me." Schneiderman, a Democrat, in May, hours after The New Yorker published an expose saying that four women had accused him of slapping or choking them.

Some of the women said Schneiderman was a heavy drinker.

Manning Barish said Thursday she felt "completely vindicated" by Schneiderman's acknowledgement he had abused women, and said she would work to ensure that legislation outlawing such behavior is passed into law.

Tanya Selvaratnam, an author and film producer who dated Schneiderman in 20 and described similar abuse, thanked Singas "for the care she gave to the investigation." "This experience underscores the need for legislation addressing intimate violence so all of those who experience it can come forward knowing they have protection under the law," Selvaratnam said in a statement.

As New York State’s highest-ranking law-enforcement officer, Schneiderman, who is sixty-three, has used his authority to take legal action against the disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein, and to demand greater compensation for the victims of Weinstein’s alleged sexual crimes.