Points to Ponder – A Duty to Evade?
Situational Awareness and trained Self Defensive Maneuvers go hand in hand. The more you know about a situation the better you will be able to approach it, the better your approach the more likely you can influence the situation towards a better outcome.
As we gather information and arrive to a point where a decision must be made, the question of evasion comes up. Are we the employees required (hold the responsibility) to seek a way to escape the situation?
Part of the answer on how to (or not to) respond exists in the facilities stated mandate and policy. It is very important that employers make clear the understanding of the employees required mandate for response. Employees that work in high acuity environments, that may encounter violence, need to be trained on the facilities mandate and policy. This and the MABPRO Modality helps the employee make safer decisions when faced with answering the questions…. Should I, or should I not? What will happen if I do, or if I don’t? Stand my ground or evade?
The original laws regarding self-defense required people claiming self-defense to first make an attempt to avoid the violence before using force. This is also known as a “duty to retreat.” While most states have removed this rule for instances involving the use of nonlethal force, many states still require that a person make an attempt to escape the situation before applying lethal force.
MABPRO Safe Evasion Maneuvers is just one element of the total MABPRO MAB Program. A good safety program adds layers of options to response, trains to those options and educates on prevention and redirection.