Q: What are your views on violence today? How do you think women should handle domestic violence? Can violent men be rehabilitated?
Alice: Violence takes so many shapes. I think of it as a destructive force, I think of it as a dangerous yet powerful act that can be offensive or defensive. It’s not always physical either, it can be psychological, emotional, financial. Anyone involved in a situation where domestic abuse is happening needs to get out and get help as soon as possible.
I’m going to be very honest with you and tell you that if anyone hits me, they can expect to be hit back, and harder. I never turn the other cheek because in my experience that doesn’t work. We are animals and some of us are more predatory than others. If you’re near a predator, they can smell weakness, they can spot their prey coming a mile away.
It’s not a rational process for me - you hit me and my fists start flying; it’s automatic. I think all women should take some type of self defense training. Violence - when directed at an attacker - can be a very positive thing. And I do think violent men can be rehabilitated, did you see the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo? She’s got a great success rate! - Alice Bag, January 2012 interview.