Whilst lots of people claim to understand workplace violence, its as well to get your head around the basic statistical picture.
Here is is, from the horses mouth
The HSE report on workplace violence
Violence is rarely out of the blue. It often has a clear pathway of development.
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
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to be effective at self-defence, you need to know who is most likely to attack you: once again and extract from March 2016, the Crime Survey for England and Wales
Perpetrators were most likely to be male, being reported to be the perpetrator in three-quarters of violent incidents (76%). Perpetrators were also most likely to be aged between 25 and 39, with the perpetrator believed to belong to this age group in 42% of violent incidents.
In 74% of violent incidents, a sole perpetrator was reported to have been responsible. For incidents with more than one perpetrator, victims most commonly reported that 4 or more perpetrators (11% of incidents) or 2 perpetrators (10% of incidents) were involved.
The number of perpetrators involved varied by the relationship between the victim and the perpetrator. Only 1% of domestic violence incidents involved more than one perpetrator, compared with 24% of incidents of acquaintance violence and 43% of incidents of stranger violence. Incidents involving 4 or more perpetrators accounted for 14% of acquaintance violence and 15% of stranger violence, but no incidents of domestic violence.
Victims believed the perpetrator(s) to be under the influence of alcohol in 40% (491,000) of violent incidents1. In 19% (237,000) of violent incidents, the victim believed the perpetrator(s) to be under the influence of drugs
Victims aged 10 to 15 were able to say something about the perpetrator in 94% of violent incidents in the year ending March 2016 Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW). Incidents of violence against children were most likely to be committed by someone known well to the victim (52% of incidents), with a small proportion of incidents being committed by strangers (12%). The perpetrator was a pupil at the victim’s school in 68% of violent incidents, and was a friend (including boyfriend or girlfriend) in 11% of incidents. The perpetrator was most likely to be male (81% of incidents) and aged between 10 and 15 (78%)
Sure statistics often lie, but I thought this was an interesting reflection for those thinking about self-defence assessments
The main characteristics of a victim were:
Well, that’s great, but who do you think is going to attack you, because it does, sort of, affect the defensive strategies you use
Have a read of this
“in the year ending March 2016 Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW), 43% (544,000 offences) of violent offences were perpetrated by an acquaintance1, 37% (467,000 offences) by a stranger2, and the remaining 20% (254,000 offences) were categorised as domestic violence perpetrated by a partner or ex-partner, or a family member (Figure 1.4). These figures have fluctuated over recent years, with acquaintance violence accounting for the largest proportion of offences in some years and stranger violence accounting for the largest proportion of offences in others ”
(Crime Survey for England and Wales).
Some of you know I teach self-defence: A very violent, nasty, aggressive, swear word laced, punch fucking hard, self-defence. Preceded of course by not being, or acting like a victim, with loads of awareness training chucked in.
I’m often told that a kick or knee in the balls is all you need to stop a fight. I need to feedback that in my sparring, door work and bodyguard assignments, I’ve been kicked in the groin several times.
This move didn’t put me down or stop me.
Equally, I’ve never stopped anyone with a kick in the balls. Tactically, I think some people expect it.
I have successfully knocked people out by whacking them on the jaw. It’s like a “night, nighty go to sleep button”.
My conclusion is that I’m not a great fan of ball kicking as a self-defence strategy.