Getting Help

by Caitlin Camara

Most people just assume that they would never fall victim to domestic abuse, but one in every four women experiences domestic violence within her lifetime.

That being said, I think it’s important to note the resources available to these women.

Some websites that offer self-defense instruction are:


While all these websites are great, I can’t help but wonder just how effective these techniques would be.  Without interacting with a trainer or ever trying out the moves, how can one tell whether one is performing the trick properly and if it will work? I think enrolling in a class to learn self-defense is the smartest option.

Either way, there are some tips that every woman should know:

  1. If a person tries to attack you, get close to him and block his arm with yours
  2. Grab his armed hand (if armed) and kick his groin with your knee while putting pressure on the nape of his neck
  3. Once the attacker is in pain, twist his arm to pull the weapon out of his grip
  4. Once you have it, lock your shoulder with his, punch and push him to the ground
  5. As he falls to the ground, flee from the spot as soon as you can.
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