Vancouver Police to host free women's self-defence classes this winter

Dec 13 2018, 9:36 am

Women looking to learn more about self-defence are invited to join the Vancouver Police Department (VPD) for women’s personal safety workshops this winter.

Participants will be able to learn easy self-defence tactics, and no prior training is required.

The safety team encourages skills that involve “effective” self-defence.

“The important thing about fighting back is that it must be done effectively. Struggling and scratching is fighting back, but it won’t be effective in a violent encounter where the assailant’s primary focus is to seriously hurt you or worse,” says the safety team.

The workshop is hosted by the VPD’s Women’s Personal Safety team and will take place on January 11 and February 7, 2019.

The VPD says the workshop is open to all women, but the minimum age to sign-up is 16-years old. Anyone under 18 must come with a parent to sign a waiver. More information is available online.

Women’s Personal Safety Workshops 2019

When: Friday, January 11 and Thursday, February 7, 2019


  • January 11 from 6:15 to 8:15 pm:  Coal Harbour Community Centre — 480 Broughton Street, Vancouver
  • February 7 from 6 to 8 pm:  St. George’s School — 4175 West 29th Avenue, Vancouver


Cost: Free

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