Most common attacks
These are the most common attacks made on men and women, respectively, according to data gathered from Europe and the UK by a British Home Office study group.
Male on Male:
- Push, hands to chest, pushee strikes to the head.
- Swinging punch to the head.
- One-handed front clothing grab, punch to the head.
- Two-handed front clothing grab, head butt.
- Two-handed front clothing grab, knee to groin.
- Bottle, glass, or ashtray to the head.
- Lashing kick to groin / lower legs.
- Broken bottle/glass jabbed at face.
- Slash with knife, most commonly 3 to 4″ lockblade knife or kitchen utility knife.
- Grappling style head lock.
Male on Female (robbery or sexual assault):
- Approach from the rear/side/front, threat made with a weapon, weapon then hidden. Victim’s right upper arm held by attacker’s left hand, and victim led away.
- Silent or rushing approach made from victim’s rear, then rear neck/head lock applied and victim dragged away.
- Same approach as in #2, with rear waist grab. Victim carried/dragged away, normally into bushes/alley, etc.
- Victim pinned to a wall with throat grab with the attacker’s left hand. Weapon-shown threat made, then weapon hidden and victim led away.
- Approach from rear/ front/side. Attacker grabs victim’s hair with his left hand and drags her away.
Most Common Wrist Grips (Male On Female):
- Attacker’s left hand, thumb uppermost, gripping victim’s raised right wrist. Threatening/ gesticulating with right hand.
- Victim’s right arm down, attacker grips victim’s right wrist with his right hand and her right upper arm with his left hand.
- Victim raises both arms, with both wrists gripped. Attacker’s hands are vertical with thumbs uppermost.
- Victim’s arms down, attacker grabs both upper arms.
- Victim’s right arm down, attacker’s left hand grabs just below the right elbow, right hand grabs her wrist.
Updated: Wednesday – August 9, 2017