Stand your ground is a common term that means a person has no legal duty to retreat before using self-defense, if legally justified. Virginia is a stand your ground state which means that if you did not start the fight or provoke the incident in any way, then you can stand your ground and defend yourself against your attacker without having to retreat.

On the other hand, if you are partially at fault in starting the fight or confrontation, the Virginia law requires you to retreat as far as you safely can before you are permitted to use what is called ‘Excusable Self-Defense’.