• Taurus has a bad quality-control reputation. You may get a good sample, or you may get a bad one. Taurus also has a bad customer-service reputation, so a bad one may never get fixed.
• The .380 ACP round is underpowered for self-defense purposes, so you will need to become an excellent pistol shot in order to use it effectively. That requires a lot of work and practice.
• A revolver which shoots .380 ACP is merely a cute gimmick. There are .380 semi-auto pistols which carry more rounds-per-loading, and which are easier to shoot.
• If you insist upon a revolver, start with one in .38 Special caliber. Ask for one with a 4" barrel, not a 2" barrel.
• If you are willing to use a semi-auto pistol, a full-size, all-steel pistol in .45 ACP (or even 9mm) will make learning to shoot a much more comfortable experience for you.
• If you wish to shoot a pistol, get some professional instruction. Pistol shooting is not easy, nor is it simple.
• Later, when you have learned how to control a pistol, only then you will be able to make a rational choice from among the available self-defense weaponry.
If money is an issue:
I have absolutely no experience with Hi-Point pistols, but I have been repeatedly told that they are cheap, comfortable, and accurate. I do know that they are not long-lived, but a Hi-Point in .45 ACP may probably be the best learning tool for the least money. By the time it wears out and falls apart, you will have learned to shoot well enough to be able to shop for a "real" gun.