Some people think carrying a knife protects you. What they don't realise is carrying a knife doesn't protect you. If you carry a knife and you get into a fight you might be tempted to use your knife. You may have never intended using it, but before you know it you've stabbed someone or your knife has been used against you.
Don't be a victim
If you feel you are in immediate danger from knife crime there are a number of steps you can take to protect yourself:
- Move away from the situation towards a public place (shop, house, restaurant etc.) as quickly as possible.
- Make as much noise as you can.
- Instead of carrying a knife, carry a personal alarm.
- Don't fight back.
Does your boyfriend, girlfriend, partner or someone in your family carry a knife?
If you have an argument could they turn it on you? If you are frightened that someone you know may harm you with a blade or you are being hurt by someone you love and don't know what to do, there are lots of people and organisations that want to help and can help you.
Do you carry a knife? Do you worry that you may hurt someone with it, even though you love them? Are you hurting someone you are in a relationship with or someone in your family?
You can get help by using the respect website. Respect UK gives really important information and advice for anyone who wants to stop hurting the people they love.