skip navigation


Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.


NCJ Number: 97834 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: Survive - Don't Be a Victim
Author(s): D Gardner
Date Published: 1982
Page Count: 101
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This how-to book describes simple, effective verbal, mental, and physical self-defense principles to help potential female victims prevent and survive an attack.
Abstract: It maintains that fighting back mentally involves an understanding of the positive aspects of fear, reactions to fear, the importance of breathing and facing the attackers, and the utility of assertive and positive body language. Combined with these mental principals, verbal techniques are described, such as confident negative replies to casual questions by persons invading your personal space, verbal confrontation, the use of vulgar and commanding words, and roaring. Physical fighting is proposed only when one's life is threatened. Victims are told to hit the attacker first and strike to cause serious injury to such vital areas as the eyes, nose, throat and groin. The hands, elbows, knees, feet, head, and mouth provide personal weapons for countering an attack. Specific techniques for using these weapons are described and illustrated in photographs. Additional techniques for surviving knife and gun attacks, multiple attackers, and attempts at strangulation also are presented. The effectiveness of guns, knives, chemical mace, noise alarms, keys, and the Kubotan as self-defense weapons is evaluated. Finally, the crime victim is provided with guidelines for giving police an accurate description of the attacker and for taking and leaving behind physical evidence to aid in apprehension, prosecution, and conviction of the attacker.
Index Term(s): Confrontation tactics; Dynamics of crimes in progress; Martial arts; Nonverbal communications; Personal Security/Self Protection; Self defense; Self instructional materials; Suspect identification
Note: *This document is currently unavailable from NCJRS.
To cite this abstract, use the following link:

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.