She credits being physically fit for having survived the assault, and believes breakaway techniques
saved her life.
"Two years ago, we began a new programme of conflict resolution training for all staff, which consists of conflict recognition, avoidance, communication skills and breakaway techniques
Six staff in the firm's First Legal Support business completed a BTEC in self defence and breakaway techniques in February.
They are required through their jobs to be on the road around the UK, and Plantec Holdings identified the need for training in self defence and breakaway techniques in the interests of personal safety.
"Staff are offered violence at work training which could include breakaway techniques
and personal safety."
"It focuses on communications skills and only teaches breakaway techniques
to be used as a last resort.
The one-day course concentrates on teaching nurses how to talk someone out of violence, as well as how to use breakaway techniques to escape the situation if all else fails.
Nurses then practice breakaway techniques. They learn, for example, that holds can be broken by exerting minimal pressure on certain points of the body, rather than through use of extreme force, says Purdy.