These pages cover the basics about common situations faced by too many women. More will be added in the near future. Feel free to contact Strategic Living if there are any topics you’d like to see covered.
- A high-quality self-defense class for women should follow the precepts described by the National Coalition Against Sexual Assault, the National Women’s Martial Arts Federation, and the Empowerment Self-Defense Alliance.
- What Every Woman and Girl Needs to Know about Sexual Assault and Rape
- What Every Woman and Girl Needs to Know about Domestic/Dating/Intimate Partner Violence and Abuse
- How to Recognize Healthy Relationships
- Planning to be safe is a key component of effective self-defense. This Safety Plan (a downloadable PDF) will help you understand what you need. If you currently are in an abusive relationship, please use this safety plan from the Eastside Domestic Violence Project.
- If you remember the Riot Grrrl movement of the early and mid 1990s, you’ll want to check out this Riot Grrl project: Free to Fight is an interactive self-defense CD and booklet. Instructional as well as music tracks, available here for your listening pleasure.
- Home Alive taught self-defense in Seattle for many years. Some of their instructors still teach as a small volunteer collective; they can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. And you can find their curriculum at https://www.teachhomealive.org.
- Effective physical self-defense relies on you knowing the targets most likely to disable your attacker quickly, so you can escape. Learn about these targets.
- Attackers who target women, teen girls, and children are looking for those they can intimidate into silence. Learn about using your voice to deter the intended attack.
- Check out our recommended readings.