9News reported on 17 April 2020 that two female international students were racially assaulted by two unknown female offenders in a CBD street. After the incident, Melbourne Lord Mayor Sally Capp expressed her appalment over the incident.
In this article, we explore what a Melburnian can do when faced with violence.
Q: What constitutes “Violent Behaviour”?
Common violent behaviour includes assault, affray, causing injury, threats to kill and threats to inflict serious injury.
Q: What if someone threaten to harm:
Q: What are my options when facing violent behaviour?
Q: Is it illegal that someone pushes me?
Q: What should I do if I am attacked or bashed by someone?
However, it’s worth noting that only proportionate response should be made when self-defending, any excessive self-defence response might indicate an intention to use the circumstances for aggression or retaliation rather than for self-defence. For example, if someone merely pushed you and were about to leave, and you responded by seriously injuring him/her with a wooden bat, then self-defence is unlikely to apply.
So what is Self-Defence
Section 322k of the Crimes Act 1958 provides that a person is not guilty of an offence if the person carries out the conduct constituting the offence in self-defence.