Self-Defence – It’s Your Right

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]You may be shocked to find out that the police don’t legally owe you a duty of care?  What this means to you is the following: if you were to call the police due to a violent incident taking place and an officer turned up who was out-numbered, they don’t have a legal obligation to assist you.  They may assist you by calling for backup and waiting, but they don’t have to jump in feet first to help.


One of the reasons for this is that the police have the right to preserve their own lives first, just like a first aider.  After all, if they got injured, then they can’t help you.

So your right to use self-defence as long as it’s reasonable force is protected in law.  Here in the UK, self-defence is governed by article 2 of The Human Right Act (1988) which states that everyone has the right to life and no-one can take that right away from you.  We also have common law (laws passed by judges) which also give the right to use self-defence.

Above I mentioned “reasonable force”, but what is this?  The easiest to think about this is by two other words: necessary and proportionate.  So for example, if some was trying to strangle you, it is necessary to knee them in the groin to release the grip around the neck.  This is also proportionate force to what they are doing to you.  In fact, if someone was strangling you, the worse thing they could do would be to kill you.  Therefore the law says that if in defending yourself the attacker was to be fatally injured, then this is lawful (self-defence).

Where people find themselves in trouble is going beyond reasonable force.  If someone was being attacked and you defended yourself to the point where the attacker is lying on the floor in agony, at this point you aren’t allowed to continue to hit them because they have given up.  Although it’s hard, you must leave them alone.  If they started to get back up and in that instance you feared for your life, then you could strike them again as long as its reasonable force.

It has long been a myth that an adult can’t defend themselves against a child.  The law doesn’t distinguish this.  I have a 4 year old son and if he was being threatened then I would use reasonable force (self-defence) to protect him if he couldn’t do this himself.  So you may now be wondering how can self-defence be used.

There are four main ways you can use self-defence:

  1. To protect yourself.
  2. To protect someone else.
  3. To protect your personal belongings.
  4. To protect your property.

Even now you know all of this, if you were confronted with a violent situation your body is going to automatically react in one of three ways.  This is your fight, flight or freeze response.  Only through regular practice can you override your amygdala (emotional manager part of your brain) to make your body react in the way that you want it to.

Because I strongly believe that everyone has the right to self-defence I’ve created with my wife, Lynne, 3 Insanely Practical Self-Defence Tips.  These are completely FREE to you with no string attached.  I hope you find these useful and if you have any queries or comments about this blog or our tips then I’d love to hear from you.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_btn title=”Sign Up To Your FREE WEEK of Jiu-Jitsu Lessons” color=”danger” size=”lg” align=”center” i_icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-sign-out” link=”|||” button_block=”true” add_icon=”true”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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