A self-defence expert is giving free classes to women in Hackney to protect them from being assaulted on the streets and at home.
Sev Necati, who grew up near London Fields and has lived in Hackney all her life, began learning self-defence after she was attacked by two men in a shop in Dalston.
After training with Special Forces in America as well as gaining a degree in counselling, Necati became an expert in combat and helps women who may have been targeted by physical and mental violence to protect themselves.
Necati said that she was a victim of violence when she was a teenager, adding: “I was deflated by the whole experience, it was in broad daylight and there were lots of people around but nobody helped me.”
After the incident Necati carried a knife with her for a year before she decided to learn to defend herself. She was able to train with men much bigger than her and improve her confidence in the Self Protection Association.
She is now keen on passing her fighting skills to women and helping empower them.
Necati said: “You cannot rely on anyone else protecting you because people can get scared and panic. It’s all about empowering individuals so they know what to do in life threatening situations.”
Necati has five courses starting this month at the Edge Centre in Manor House, Hungerford Children’s Centre in Holloway, Hoxton Hall, Millfields Community School in Clapton and Morningside Estate Community Centre in Hackney.