Survival Time: A Handbook for Surviving a Violent Incident by Aimee Olivas

Survival Time: A Handbook for Surviving a Violent Incident

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A psychologist and his daughter offer readers advice on how to handle dangerous encounters.

“Violent incidents are steadily on the increase in this country,” warn the authors at the beginning of this survival manual, and “most people are unaccustomed and ill-prepared to deal with violent situations.” The modern emphasis on summoning and waiting for the police to provide protection has created a citizenry that neither expects nor knows how to defend itself from dangerous individuals. In this debut book, Hill and Olivas rely on research as well as their own experience in law enforcement to walk readers through natural victim responses to violence (which are neither as uniform nor as self-preserving as one might believe) as well as the types of aggressors (particularly murderers) that they might encounter. The authors offer a detailed list of preparedness tips, from recognizing warning signs to mapping out escape routes. They also offer suggestions on how to survive a number of scenarios, broken up by location and the nature of the threat. Chapters dealing with domestic violence and post-traumatic stress disorder round out this guide to staying safe no matter how unsafe a situation may become. Coming in at just over 100 pages, the book is lean and no-nonsense, the directness of its tone highlighted by chapter titles like “Being a Captive, Do’s and Don’ts.” The advice, sensible and applicable for the average person, emphasizes hiding and escaping rather than attempting to bring down an attacker. (On the oft-floated question of arming teachers, for example, the authors advise against it.) The volume is not a light read: thinking about violent incidents becomes undeniably unpleasant. Yet with the troublingly high rate of mass shootings in America (that phenomenon, more than any other, seems to have inspired this book), it may be overly optimistic to assume such considerations are unnecessary. Hill and Olivas have read through the studies and pondered the scenarios, and they offer their findings in hopes that well-informed readers will keep a cool head and maneuver themselves and others safely through terrifying encounters.

A short, reasonable guide to surviving violent situations.

Pub Date: Sept. 27th, 2015
ISBN: 978-1-5168-6866-7
Page count: 112pp
Publisher: CreateSpace
Program: Kirkus Indie
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1st, 2016


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