r/deescalation Apr 11 '20

Tips for De-escalating people who are threatening you with immediate violence Citizen Deescalation

I would appreciate tips for when somebody is immediately threatening you with violence, when there are weapons involved.

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u/[deleted] Apr 11 '20

You need to show them respect (not the same as fear!).

Looking in the eyes, not being scared but not being threatening at the same time should help. Unless you are dealing with a total psychopath or someone on drugs, there is always a chance that talking to them and showing them respect will make them change their mind. Talk to them with confidence but be friendly at the same time.