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Defend Yourself empowers people
–especially women and LGBTQ+ people—to end violence and create a world where they can be fully themselves.
In our classes you’ll learn skills to help you prevent, interrupt, heal from, and end violence and abuse. You’ll leave better equipped to deal with everything from annoying people to full-on attacks.
Find out more about our classes for everyone.
What can we do for you?
Join a class that Defend Yourself has set up, or create one just for your group! Check out our Safe Bars program, Defend Yourself’s bystander intervention program for bar, club, and restaurant staffs. Or just one click and you can learn something now!
Inspiring, caring, understanding, strong, and self-assured.
Thank you for a wonderful class. I will spread the word around my high school and to every interested girl/woman I know!
This class has given me a powerful toolkit and the confidence to yell “NO” and know I have every right to say it. It’s helped me rethink my personal boundaries and feel good about maintaining them.
I feel so much stronger and more confident. Now I feel good about saying no to something I don’t want, where I used to feel bad about it. This is a big change!
This class showed me that . . . I have every right to defend myself and take care of myself the best way I know how. My first responsibility is to myself.
I feel more confident and like I can get through anything.
Her calm, steady energy felt reassuring.
Lauren is very encouraging and patient. An excellent teacher, she makes everyone feel comfortable.
I feel more confident, yet not complacent. I am learning to incorporate no into my everyday life.
When I took my [previous self-defense] class, I learned how to fend off physical attacks, but it took me much, much longer to learn how to develop and maintain healthy relationships. I spent too many years in an abusive relationship . . . Now I’m a lot more careful about defending myself – which is why your class was so important to me.