I would like to thank all who have replied to my quesstion about hitting back at woman.
I would like to ask a further question about this situation. some have surgested that my friends girlfriend acted in self defense when she slapped him because he was pinning her in a corner and yelling.
HE believed that he was justified in his reaction as she had been "emotionaly abusive" (nagging, belittling, etc) then when he wanted to "have his say" she walked away. pinning her in was the only way he could make her listen.
does this change your verdict of "self defence"?