To explain better. I am a 21 year old male. My mother is NOT an abusive person, she has a hair trigger temper, and is bi-polar, but she is not abusive. Me and her both speak our minds, and that isnt a good combination. Recently, we got into a heated argument due to some of her comments about people i know that i didn't like. I defended my friends as anyone would and walked out the door since i was already about to leave to go somewhere. She follows me outside and just bum rushes me and punches me. I realise that self defence is applicable to any sex, gender, or situation where its warranted. However, are there any specific laws that state that i cant defend myself from my own mother? I only ask, because im a fairly big guy (6'4", 270lbs). She isnt small either, but to a responding police officer, i could be seen as the aggressor, when im not. Her rushing people in an argument and being quick to violence is normal for her. The most i did was block her punch and pushed her away. But i pushed so hard that she fell. Basically, can i treat these situations the same as any other physical confrontation? Or are there special laws regarding parents and adult children?
Self defense allows reasonable force. This is a grey area that is sometimes determined by a court. The best thing you can do is avoid confrontation. Just leave if she is starting an argument. You may end up saving yourself from being charged, going to jail for domestic violence, and thousands in legal fees. Best of luck!
BTW, there are no special rules for self defense against a family member.
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