HC Deb 03 March 1983 vol 38 c183W
32. Mr. Michael NcNair-Wilson

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will have discussions with the police to consider introducing a booklet for women on self-defence in the event of a physical or sexual assualt.

Mr. Mayhew

We and the police are reluctant to issue general advice on self-defence, whether for women or men, since the circumstances of an assault can vary greatly and active resistance can result in greater danger to the victim. The police freely issue leaflets such as "Woman Alone" on the avoidance of circumstances of potential danger, and can give specific advice on self-defence where it appears appropriate to do so.