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Check out these articles to learn how to boost your safety and confidence, assert yourself, and make informed decisions for your well-being.

You’ll find better ways to protect yourself; some of the tips you’ve probably been given — like yelling “Fire!” or threading your keys between your fingers — are actually problematic.

You’ll also learn more about Defend Yourself’s approach — Empowerment Self-Defense — and about what works to stop harassment, abuse, and assault.


If you’re looking for support, check out our Helpline page, where you’ll find services available nationwide and in the DC area. 

My journey to assertiveness

My journey to assertiveness

This post is from a Defend Yourself student, who says: Setting boundaries has been hard for me. We women are conditioned to put others' needs before our own. When I tried to set boundaries in the past I'd be...

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Empowerment Self-Defense Alliance

If you want to know about Defend Yourself’s approach, including the research showing its effectiveness, check out the Empowerment Self-Defense Alliance.