Community Oriented Policing Unit
Women's Self Defense Classes
The Women’s Self Defense Program
is dedicated to empowering women with knowledge to reduce
the occurrence of sexual assault crimes. The program provides
effective options by teaching women to take an active role
in their own self defense and psychological well-being.
The Women’s Self Defense Program
is a comprehensive course that begins with classroom instruction
in risk awareness, risk reduction, crime prevention strategies,
and defensive concepts followed by hands-on training in physical
defense techniques. Class instruction and demonstrations will
allow you to decrease your vulnerability and give you a new
sense of confidence and personal power. Class activities and
discussions are designed to help women identify their risks,
evaluate their strengths and explore their options for dealing
with the threat of sexual violence.
Physical self-defense is most effective
when vulnerable areas of the body are targeted. Some of the
skills taught will include multiple strikes to vulnerable
areas, as well as escapes from choke holds, body grabs, wrist
grasps, and defense techniques from the ground. Physical defense
techniques that are easily learned, applied, and retained
for all age and skill levels are taught. Students have the
opportunity to test their new self defense skills in a simulated
and controlled environment. The courses are taught by certified
self defense instructors and include a take home-reference
manual. The program is not a martial arts program.
The Women's Self Defense Program
is offered to women 18 years of age and older. Survivors of
sexual assault may take the course to help overcome fears
and learn to regain control of their lives. As many students
have stated "This program is a wise investment of your
Consider These Statistics:
- 90% of self defense is in the prevention of an attack
- 90% of crime is opportunistic
- Acts of violence occur every 15 seconds in the United
- Six million American women are beaten each year by their
husbands or boyfriends and four thousand of those women
No men other than self defense instructors are permitted
to be present during a class. Children, husbands, and boyfriends
are not allowed to attend or observe the program.
Many women want to take part in this type of training, but
are concerned about the physical aspects of the course. The
instructors take into consideration age and physical condition,
promoting the safety of all participants. While no one can
give you a 100% guarantee that injury will not occur, consider
- To prepare for a possible assault, the training must
be as realistic as possible.
- It's better to learn your limits and abilities in a controlled
environment instead of in an actual assault.
The Police Department will be offering Women’s Self Defense Classes in 2016. Dates are as follows:
- March 24 - 26, 2016 (March class is full)
- June 9 - 11, 2016 (June class is full)
- September 8 - 10, 2016
- December 1 - 3, 2016
Please print the application and background consent form and submit in person or by mail to Henry County Police Dept., 108 S. Zack Hinton Pkwy. McDonough, GA 30253.
Classes are open for citizens that live or work in Henry County and are held on Thursday and Friday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. Saturday will be a weapons safety class. Students that participate in the range class will be required to purchase a certain type of ammunition for the range weapon. These classes are held at various Police facilities within Henry County.
Applicants for the Women’s Self Defense Class must meet the following criteria:
- Minimum age of 21
- Live/Work in Henry County
- No prior felony arrests or crimes of moral turpitude
- No misdemeanor arrests within six months of the application
The class is free of charge but students are selected through an application process. The names of the selected candidates are placed in the class until the maximum number is reached. Remaining applicants are then placed on a waiting list. Enrollment is limited to approximately twenty students per session.
For more information or to register for one of these sessions please contact Joni Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 770-288-8285.