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Sworn to protect. Dedicated to serve.

Phone: 503-823-0000

Fax: 503-823-0342

Non-Emergency: 503-823-3333

1111 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97204


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Welcome to WomenStrength! 

WomenStrength is a program of the Portland Police Bureau.  Since 1979, we have provided free self-defense classes and personal safety workshops to people around the Portland area.  We have taught self-defense skills to approximately 30,000 women and teenage girls, and personal safety workshops to over 100,000 women and men.


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Be a volunteer!

WomenStrength, BoyStrength and GirlStrength are looking for confident, caring and dedicated individuals to volunteer their time to teach classes on topics related to violence prevention and empowerment self-defense.  

No experience necessary!

We encourage men and women of all ages and backgrounds to apply.

Applications now accepted for winter-spring training on the BoyStrength, GirlStrength & WomenStrength websites.

This six-week training program runs from February through April.

Deadline for Application: Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Download the Volunteer Instructor Application

 Interested in Assisting with Operations?

Download the Volunteer Operations Application


Please email completed applications to

Learn more about Volunteer Instructor Training or other Volunteer Opportunities


Are you 18 or older and live in the Portland or surrounding area? Would you like a $25 gift certificate in exchange for an hour of your time?

We are looking for women to participate in our study on the effectiveness of taking self-defense classes. If you have NEVER taken one of our WomenStrength classes, and you are willing to complete 2 surveys, then we need you! 

Each survey will take approximately 30 minutes and can be completed online or a hard copy can be sent to your home.  You will be asked to complete one survey now and another survey in one year.  The surveys will ask a variety of questions about topics such as your perceptions of yourself, your thoughts about what it means to be a woman, your beliefs about violence and danger, whether you have had unwanted sexual experiences, and your demographic characteristics such as your age and educational background. After completing the second survey, you will receive a $25 gift certificate.

Please email with the following

  • your name
  • email address
  • phone number
  • the name of the community center closest to your home
  • Put “Yes, I want to fill out the survey!” in the subject line

Please feel free to send any questions or concerns you have to the email above. We need your help, and we are happy to answer any questions.


Do you have an event you would like WomenStrength or GirlStrength to attend?

 WomenStrength and GirlStrength are happy to set up booths or tables at events so that we can spread the word about the fantastic services the programs have to offer. Our booths provide program information, information and resources on violence against women, facts and myths about violence and sexual assault, as well as information and tips for personal safety.


Please fill out a Booth/Tabling Request Form and submit it to or



For more information contact:



Telephone: 503-823-0260


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