Who Needs Self Defence Training?
The simple answer is that we all do. But we would say that, but the World Health Organization has recently released a report on violence that might shock you, take a read:
“The Global status report on violence prevention 2014, which reflects data from 133 countries, is the first report of its kind to assess national efforts to address interpersonal violence, namely child maltreatment, youth violence, intimate partner and sexual violence, and elder abuse.
Jointly published by WHO, the United Nations Development Programme, and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the report reviews the current status of violence prevention efforts in countries, and calls for a scaling up of violence prevention programmes; stronger legislation and enforcement of laws relevant for violence prevention; and enhanced services for victims of violence.”
The report can be downloaded from this webpage in a variety of languages:
My good friend Iain Abernethy alerted me to this report and had already pulled out some of the facts and statistics it includes:
6 million people have been killed in interpersonal violence since 2010: that more than in all wars combined during the same time period.
More than 1.3 million people worldwide die each year as a result of violence in all its forms (self-directed, interpersonal and collective), accounting for 2.5% of global mortality.
Homicide rates in the USA are falling, but are still 5 times higher (per person) than in the UK.
Worldwide, approximately one in every two homicides is committed with a firearm, and one in four with a sharp instrument such as a knife; although the mechanism of homicide varies markedly by region.
While firearm homicides account for 75% of all homicides in the low- and middle-income countries of the Region of the Americas, they account for only 25% of homicides in the low- and middle-income countries of the European Region, where 37% of homicides involve sharp instruments
Fatal violence is not distributed evenly among sex and age groups. Males account for 82% of all homicide victims and have estimated rates of homicide that are more than four times those of females (10.8 and 2.5, respectively, per 100 000)
As just mentioned, 82% of all homicide victims are male. Most of these are aged between 15 and 29 years of age.
In 2013, 38% of all female homicide victims were murdered by male partners.
About 30% of ever-partnered women throughout the world have experienced physical and/or sexual violence by an intimate partner at some point in their lives.
One in 17 older adults reported abuse in the past month.
For people aged 15–44 years, violence is the fourth leading cause of death worldwide
The global homicide rate is 6.7 per 100,000 population.
If you are not convinced then now try taking a look at some of the information here
Here is a summary.
The number of violent incidents at work has declined over the last decade, with the incident rate remaining stable over the last four years. Findings from the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) show that in 2012/13.
- The risk of being a victim of actual or threatened violence at work in 2012/13 is similar to the last few years with an estimated 1.4 per cent of working adults the victims of one or more violent incidents at work (CSEW).
- In the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) 2012/13, 323’000 adults of working age in employment experienced work related violence including threats and physical assault.
- There were an estimated 649 000 incidents of violence at work according to the 2012/13 CSEW, comprising 332 000 assaults and 317 000 threats. This compares to an estimated 643 000 incidents in 2011/12, an increase of 1 per cent. This change is not statistically significant.
- The 2012/13 CSEW found that 1.2 per cent of women and 1.6 per cent of men were victims of violence at work once or more during the year prior to their interview.
- It is estimated that 60% of victims reported one incident of work related violence whilst 16% experienced two incidents of work related violence and 24% experienced three or more incidents in 2012/13.
- Strangers were the offenders in 60 per cent of cases of workplace violence. Among incidents where the offender was known, the offenders were most likely to be clients or a member of the public known through work.
- Victims of actual or threatened violence at work said that the offender was under the influence of alcohol in 38 per cent of incidents, and that the offender was under the influence of drugs in 26 per cent of incidents.
- The survey found 51 per cent of assaults at work resulted in injury, with minor bruising or a black eye accounting for the majority of the injuries recorded.
- In 2012/13 RIDDOR reported 3697over 7 days injuries for acts of violence in the workplace.
Not a pretty picture is it and like a lot of statistics, this is only what was reported.
Do not be a victim, start training now.