Hi! Longtime reader and listener of podcasts, first-time poster. I was wondering, is there any good advice or methods for self protection in an environment that does not allow harming ones "opponent"? I work in an environment where things can get quite troublesome (ie physically aggressive) but because it is in the workplace and the aggressive parties are my clients or patients (not sure what the proper english term is).
I don't want to use harmful methods such as strikes and cranks and similar (and whatever else is available under the sun that might cause serious injury), what I need is to be in control of a situation - or control it such that I can get away to a safe place.
As I understand it, many of the topics are geared towards civilian self protection, but I was wondering if there is any advice that can be given in regards to protection in a care environment? Keep in mind that the parties that I may have to subdue or control are the very same that are in my care and they need to be able to trust me even after an incident has occurred.
Since I do need, for the privacy of the involved parties, to be circumspect I can't really describe my workplace any closer than "Imagine a personal assistance-like job but with clients that may or may not have violent tendencies sporadically". Thanks in advance for any and all advice and thoughts!