Have you considered pursuing physical, self-defense training? You will have to do research to determine which course will best fit your physique, physical stamina, mental attitude, and willingness to engage in close physical contact with an aggressor. To increase your chances of receiving the best instruction and to avoid wasting your time and money when it comes to physical security, be sure to thoroughly research the organization offering the class you plan to take. Most reputable gyms will allow you to attend a trial class before you commit.
Even if you are not interested in learning how to defend yourself physically, you should at least learn how to establish a comfortable, personal bubble. For me, three foot is a good standard. If you’re within three feet of me, and I’m not familiar and completely comfortable with you, depending on the circumstances, you might get throat punched. Not really, but in all seriousness, action is faster than reaction, and the closer someone is to you, the better their chances are of overpowering you.
As part of your physical security, do you carry a personal protection device like a stun gun, pepper spray, or a firearm? If you do, some things to take into consideration are:
• Are you able to access it, and use it quickly and properly? Or, is it buried in your purse, or in your outfit?
• Do you know how to safely operate it?
• Have you trained with your personal protection device?
• Do you practice regularly with it?
• Will your actions be justified if you have to use it?
• How willing are you to use your device against an attacker?