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The City of Portland, Oregon

Police Bureau

Sworn to protect. Dedicated to serve.

Phone: 503-823-0000

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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Want to teach self-defense? Become an  instructor!

WomenStrength and GirlStrength will be holding new volunteer training in 2023, with applications due in September of 2022.

 Download the Volunteer Instructor Application Now!


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


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



For more information contact:



Telephone: 503-823-0260


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    After the tragic murder of Whitney Heichel, WomenStrength and GirlStrength were called on to offer words of support and safety tips for those that felt the trauma of her assault.