I love this post from Caleb over at Gun Nuts Media on having a plan:
Do you have a self defense plan? If you’re walking with your spouse/significant other and you’re accosted, do you have a plan for what to do? If you don’t, I’ll share my plan with you. It’s pretty simple, and easily adapted to multiple situations. One caveat is that this particular plan assumes I’m with my wife and not out by myself.
Option 1: we both run away like little girls and call 911 from a safe place.
This is my favorite option. “You always win the fight that never happens”. But what if running away isn’t an option? What if there are multiple attackers and one of them is blocking your retreat?
Option 2: Disable the guy that’s blocking our retreat, then run away like little girls and call 911 from a safe place.
Any time the situation turns to violence, we’ve reached “undesireable options”. However, sometimes violence is inescapable, so it’s best to have a plan on when and how you plan on resorting to force. Of course, sometimes you can’t retreat at all, which leaves us to option 3.
Option 3: My wife runs, I buy time.
I've been saying this for some time...strategy is the general framework of what we plan to do; tactics is the response within the context of your strategy to the situation on the ground.
I'm with Caleb on the "run away like little girls..."