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Police Bureau

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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Want to teach self-defense? Become an  instructor!

WomenStrength 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! Apply Now!  We encourage women of all ages and backgrounds to apply.  

New Instructor Training starts March 31st

View training dates and more!

 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 or



For more information contact:



Telephone: 503-823-0260


>> Volunteer Instructor Training




  • Give back to your community, become a self-defense instructor! Application deadline December 1st! ws@portlandoregon 4 months ago
  • Registration Day! Always bittersweet - we could've filled 3 classes in first 5 minutes (there's only one class in March). 1 year ago
  • Intermediate class date posted! February 5th at NECC. Registration is now open. To register, call or register online 1 year ago
  • Last week, over 100 women tried to register for our January class. We turned away 50. We need more instructors! Please share! 1 year ago
  • Registration for our January classes starts tomorrow at 9 am. More details here: 1 year ago

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  1. Nov 14

    In The News: Whitney Heichel

    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.