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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. 

5 tools for safety

5 tools for safety

Walking at night, living alone...many people are afraid of being attacked in these situations. And with good reason: More than half of us will be the target of violent crime in our lifetimes. In fact, we’re...

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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.