Explanation of Defender - Assailant Factors
Age: An older person who is confronted with a much younger assailant may need to use a much greater level of force in order to defend himself. Conversely, it would be expected that a younger person who is confronted with a much older assailant would most likely use less force in order to defend himself.
Size: A relatively small person who encounters a large assailant may have to use greater levels of force in order to defend himself.
Sex: A female defender who is being assaulted by a male assailant would probably need to employ greater levels of force in order to successfully defend herself.
Skill: The skill level of the defender and the assailant also enters into the use of force determination. The defender facing an assailant whose skill level is obviously higher than that of the defender may need to use a higher level of force to defend himself.
Disability: Persons with physical disabilities are much more likely to be injured during a physical confrontation and in all probability would need to use any means at their disposal in order to successfully defend themselves.
Totality of the circumstances
Explanation of the Totality of the Circumstances
Imminent Danger: the assailant is known to be armed
Special Knowledge: the assailant is known to have special skills which increase their threat
Injury/Exhaustion: the defender becomes injured or exhausted
Multiple Assailants: the defender must face multiple assailants
Ground Fighting: the defender faces multiple tactical disadvantages
(weight; debris; disease; weapon; multiple assailants;
decreased environmental opportunities)