In 1995, Trish Hoffman joined the Police Department in Albuquerque after ending an abusive relationship. During the relationship she had filed numerous police reports that had not been followed up on, so she wanted to help other women in similar situations. She now runs a nonprofit called Women Against Crime, which provides free self defence classes for women.

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, a woman is assaulted or beaten every nine seconds. As many as one in five women has been raped in her lifetime, and 19.3 million women have been stalked. Trish says, “Women (and men) really are completely capable of protecting themselves when they’re put in a situation where they have to defend themselves. That truly is why I do this class. The impact it could have on someone could really be life-altering.”

Hopefully you will never need to defend yourself against an attack, but take 2 minutes to watch these moves anyway, just in case x


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