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If someone attacks me, how can I defend myself?

This film is part of the series "How To Defend Yourself If Someone Attacks You"

How To Defend Yourself If Someone Attacks You

Steve Bending (DSI) gives expert video advice on: If someone attacks me, how can I defend myself?

If someone attacks me, how can I defend myself?

If possible, try to avoid being attacked in the first place, by trying to remain calm and not escalate the situation, if at all possible. If you are attacked, the law does allow you to use what's termed 'reasonable force' in order to defend yourself. What that means is that each case will be assessed on its merits. The emphasis is on the word 'reasonable' - what, in the circumstances, is a reasonable amount of force that you can use to defend yourself. In broad terms, what it means is that it needs to be proportionate to the force or the threat of force that is being used or potentially going to be used on you. You can defend yourself if you are being attacked, but you need to be aware of the fact that if you use too much force on somebody, you may make yourself open to prosecution. Think about what a reasonable person would consider to be the amount of force that you can use to defend yourself.