Training in Self-Defense Options
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.
WomenStrength has one paid staff member, program director Sara K. Johnson, and about 40 volunteer staff members, who instruct the self-defense classes and fully participate in the creation of curriculum and policy. Many of the volunteer staff are graduates of WomenStrength who had such a good experience with the self-defense class that they decided to volunteer their time to teach it.
Empower women and girls:
Be a volunteer self-defense instructor
WomenStrength and GirlStrength are looking for confident, caring and dedicated women to volunteer their time to teach free holistic self-defense classes to girls and women.
No experience necessary! We encourage women of all ages and backgrounds to apply.
Winter-spring Training: January 2, 2013 (Training begins February 23, 2013)
Summer -Teacher Training: May 14, 2013 (Training begins: June 17, 2013)
For more information about the training and programs
(503) 823-0239 (503) 823-0260
Upcoming Self-Defense Classes
- Upcoming introductory self-defense classes
- Refresher classes (for women who have taken the introductory WomenStrength class in the last 12 months)
- Intermediate class (The Intermediate class is for women who have taken the regular WomenStrength class and/or the WomenStrength Refresher class within the past 6 months.)
Non-Physical Personal Safety Workshops
Information about Personal Safety
- Sexual assault against adults
- Street safety
- Legal issues
- Portland-area resources
- Suggested reading
- NCASA guidelines for choosing a self-defense course
Volunteering for WomenStrength
WomenStrength Classes in Spanish
WomenStrength in the News:
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We welcome your questions and comments.
To register for a class, please choose the class you want to take and register online by going to the following link: Introductory Class