The term self-defense in general means fighting back; by definition, it means "defending oneself." However, I've always preferred the never-used term self-offense, which in my mind means attacking the attacker before he has a chance to attack you.
Anyway, two recent home invasion stories demonstrate a little self-defense and self-offense as the "victims" become victorious by taking control over the situations.
As SFGate reports in its article, "Home invasion victim holds suspect at gunpoint," "Authorities in south Alabama say the victim of a home invasion robbery held a suspect at gunpoint until sheriff's deputies arrived."
Apparently this 20-year-old kicked in the front door and the homeowner's dog went after him as the homeowner got out his shotgun! Love that! A shotgun and a dog! (It would have been even better if the owner had a home security system that blared when the door was kicked in.)
Australia's Herald Sun reports in its piece, "Home invader stabbed as victim fights back," that police were called to a house after reports that three men armed with knives had assaulted the victim and stolen jewelry and a mobile phone. The resident allegedly fought back, stabbing one of the home invaders in the torso.
There are proactive ways to prevent a home invasion such as these.
#1 Have a home security system installed and turned on while you are home.
#2 Install signage such as "Home Alarmed" or "Beware of Dog."
#3 Install solid-core doors and strong locks.
#4 Install door reinforcement technology to make the door harder to kick in.
#5 Never open the door for strangers.