We offer training online! Check out our workshops 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.
- Active Bystander Skills for Interrupting Racism
- Empowerment and Self-Defense for Asian-Americans
- Empowerment and Self-Defense for Black People
- Empowerment and Self-Defense for People of Color
- Boundaries for the Pandemic (and the rest of life)
- Safe at Work: De-escalation for Essential Workers
- Safe Bars: De-Escalation for Hospitality Staff
- Empowerment and Self-Defense for Trans People
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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!
I unfortunately had to use some tactics I learned from the workshop, as I was assaulted at the beach this summer. I honestly believe that I avoided a rape because of your training.
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 and like I can get through anything.
To my surprise, I found the verbal parts of the class the most beneficial. Instead of just preparing us for the chance of an all-out attack, we learned skills that have been helping me to navigate more assertively through everyday situations. You helped all of us to view self-defense holistically, and asked us to question our role in making this world less violent.
Inspiring, caring, understanding, strong, and self-assured.
The teachers role-modeled being strong women.
This class was a springboard. Now I know where I need to go in the rest of my life.
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.
Thank you for such an empowering, confidence-inspiring class. When you first announced that the class would teach both verbal and physical defense, I was a bit hesitant – I presumed I already knew how to verbally defend myself, and thought I was ready to get down to more hard core self-defense moves.