Info on online workshops to help you through the pandemic is here.
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.
- Empowerment and Self-Defense for A/PI People: Register here.
- Active bystander skills for stopping anti-Asian hate: Register here.
- Basic boundaries during the pandemic: Setting limits inside and outside the home: Let us know if you want to be notified when registration is open
- Partners, family, and roommates: Dealing with too much togetherness: Let us know if you want to be notified when registration is open
Want a workshop just for your group? Contact us.
Get Empowered! A Self-Defense Happy Hour (16+), various Wednesdays, 6:30-8 p.m., DC Center for the LGBT Community, 14th and U Streets, NW.
On My Own: Independence Skills for Tweens, Saturday, May 2, 2-4:30 p.m., Willow Street Yoga, Takoma Park. POSTPONED
Active Bystander Training, Wednesday, April 7, 6:30-8:30 p.m., The DC Center for the LGBT Community, 14th and U Streets, NW. POSTPONED
Safer & More Confident: Six Weeks of Empowerment Self-Defense, April 15 to May 20, 6:30-8:30 p.m., The DC Center for the LGBT Community, 14th and U Streets, NW. POSTPONED
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!
The teachers are nonjudgmental: they are not going to tell you that what you are doing is wrong.
I wish other women/girls could experience THIS feeling of girrrrlpower, instead of listening to Cosmo and Glamour to tell them where their power lies.
This class opened a door for me that I didn’t know existed. I know exactly what I would do if I needed to. It was the first time in my life that I felt that. Even if something happened, I would still feel safe in myself.
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.
This class exceeded my expectations! I looked forward to class and the chance to practice my skills. I enjoyed the supportive environment and the space to develop strategies for confronting harassment.
I feel more confident, yet not complacent. I am learning to incorporate no into my everyday life.
Thank you for a wonderful class. I will spread the word around my high school and to every interested girl/woman I know!
I feel more confident and like I can get through anything.
Lauren is very encouraging and patient. An excellent teacher, she makes everyone feel comfortable.
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.