PART 2: Skills and tactics to avoid or prevent a violent confrontation from happening!

In the second part of a 3 part series, we will look at the skill of defusing a situation, Prevention of an attack and the use of pre-emptive attacks.


In the majority of situation before they become physical, there may be an opportunity to defuse or de-escalate the situation verbally and escape without any physical harm. This can range from a simple apology (“Sorry mate, did not mean to bump you, can I buy you a beer?”) to a very aggressive direction or order (“Get out of my home or I will XXXX you up!”)

Remember that when you try to communicate with an aggressive person under an influence, it can be very difficult for them to see reason.


After you have tried to avoid a confrontation and defuse the situation, we now need to look at how we can prevent an attack.

Tactics used at this stage can include;

  1. Moving yourself or others away from the aggressor, whether walking briskly or running at speed. If you are not there, then it is difficult to be attacked.
  2. Equip yourself with an improvised weapon to threaten with verbal commands the aggressor and deter them from engaging in a physical confrontation.

We have not reacted physically at this stage, as we want to escape the situation without fighting.


Responding with attacks to prevent a violent confrontation is a viable tactic to use. HOWEVER, attacking a person without some understanding of the legal process, can lead you to be charged. If you decide to attack someone when you fear for your safety or the safety of others, there needs to be certain indicators met.

If the aggressor has the ability, intent and opportunity to course harm, AND you have no alternative such as escape, then a pre-emptive attack may be justified. Of course, seek legal assistance to get a clearer and deeper understanding of this tactic.

In the final part of this series, we will look at seeking assistance from other, use of physical responses and reaching a safe area ASAP!