SELF DEFENSE STARTER KIT
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Grab to the Hijab

Learn how to defend yourself if someone grabs your hijab or headscarf 

Grab to the Hijab

Hijab grabs are a very common hate crime attack. If this happens to you, you should not be afraid to speak up and report it to your local police department.

Hot tip: This is a Super Important Step

Hot tip: This is a Super Important Step

A hijab grab is also choking you. Immediately drop your chin! This will prevent you from choking, allow you to breathe, and allow you to remain calm. Remember to keep breathing.

If they don't let go

If they don't let go

Spin inwards towards them, as you raise your elbow for Step 3

Send your elbow

Send your elbow

into their chin or face

Advanced add-on!

Advanced add-on!

Maryam and Rana both advocate using multiple strikes to pressure points in situations where you're under attack. Use the momentum of your turn to strike upwards!

Other approaches

Other approaches

If your hijab is grabbed from the front, use the Blocking Shoves technique: Windmill your arm, as if you're swimming, in a swift motion to knock away their hand.