What the Law Says…
Section 3.1 of the Criminal Law Act of 1967 states that “Any person may use such force as is reasonable in the circumstances in preventing a crime.”
In terms of Self Defence, ‘reasonable force’ is considered force that is both ‘necessary and proportionate’.
Necessary: It must be necessary to use force. If it isn’t necessary, you shouldn’t use force.
Proportionate: The amount of force used to repel the crime/threat must be proportionate to the amount force threatened.
A very good resource for this subject is ‘Understanding Reasonable Force’ by Mark Dawes. If you are interested in this subject we recommend that you read this, as it is a very easily understood book explaining how the laws came about and how they are widely used. If you would like more information on this, please contact us.