When I was on the road in sales, I had registered with America's Most Wanted for their updates, just in case I ever ran across anyone they had listed. I guess it's good that I didn't. I still get the updates and today they sent this, which I think is important to know. Here's the link to a video on how to protect yourself: http://www.amw.com/safety/
Every day, people of all cultures, races and economic background are victims of violence and abuse. These actions can range from physical abuse, to emotional or sexual abuse, and can have a significant impact on family, friends or anyone who is witnesses to the violence. Whether you are involved in a violent relationship or are the victim of a random attack, it’s important for you to know how to protect yourself; how to get out of that situation as quickly as possible. Martial arts expert Jose Fernandez of the YWCA Capital Dojo leads self defense training classes for men and women, and teaches you tips on how to make some quick and smart moves in an emergency situation.
Fernandez suggests first off, enrolling in a self defense class, in order to become accustomed to reacting to violence. Most people immediately freeze when they are attacked, but taking self defense sessions repeatedly will help you be prepared to make split second decisions. Besides self defense class, he recommends a few things for you to think about that can help you defuse a violent situation.
-Try to remain calm and speak in a softer, even tone.
-Keep your hands up, try not to tense up.
-Maintain eye contact and keep them busy with your voice
With a rise in dating violence, he suggests a offers a few tips to protect yourself
-Take your time in getting to know the person better
-Avoid being alone with the person in the beginning, plan your dates in crowded places.
-Get to know their friends, introduce them to your friends.
-If you are alone with the person, avoid alcohol.