Women’s Health: Self Defense Tips

The potential to become a victim of a crime is a very real threat to the health and security of all women, regardless of their age or where they live. These threats are varied and include sexual assault, domestic violence, or assault in general. The best way for women to protect themselves is through caution and learning self-defense techniques that can deter or fend off an attacker.

It’s always important to be aware of one’s surroundings, particularly when walking alone or in isolated locations such as parking garages or lots at night. This involves paying complete attention to what is happening and not talking on the phone or listening to music until a secure and safe location has been reached. One should avoid dark or seemingly empty areas where there’s little foot traffic and be cautious of individuals who seem out of place, uncomfortable, or otherwise suspicious. Additionally, it’s just as important to walk with confidence and make eye contact as opposed to appearing timid or afraid. If approached by a person who attempts to touch or grab them, women should know what actions are most likely to help them escape. One of the best ways to do that is to take a self-defense class that’s taught by a trained professional. These classes teach women how to break free from an attacker’s hold and ways to effectively strike an assailant if necessary to make an escape. Other methods of self-defense include carrying a whistle that can be used to attract the attention of anyone who may be within earshot and startle the attacker, or one might choose to carry pepper spray in areas where it is legal to use.

Five Simple Self-Defense Moves Every Woman Should Know

Women can learn to defend themselves when they learn and master self-defense moves. This page on the Prevention magazine website outlines five moves that are simple for women to learn.

Nine Myths About Self-Protection

When protecting oneself from an attacker, it’s important to know what to do and what not to do. Click this link to the Women’s Health website and read about nine common myths associated with self-protection.

Self-Defense: What Every Woman Needs to Know

Women can contribute to their personal safety when they know how to defend themselves. This page provides helpful tips on being smart, escaping, combating assailants, and building strength.

Eight Important Self-Defense Moves for Runners

Running is an activity that can potentially leave individuals at risk of assault. Running magazine outlines eight self-defense moves that people who run should know to help protect themselves.

Four Best Self-Defense Moves Every Woman Should Know

On this page of the Health magazine website, women will find a video and a brief overview of four self-defense moves.

Self-Defense Running Tips

Active magazine offers this article to women who want to run and not worry about being able to defend themselves. The page includes tips to stay safe while running and four self-defense strategies.

Four Surprising Simple Self-Defense Moves Every Woman Needs to Know

Visit this Women’s Day page to read about some basic self-defense moves that are simple to learn.

Self-Defense Tips From WWE Diva Eve Torres

Wrestler Eve Torres discusses ways that women can protect themselves, including how to be more aware and how to do self-defense moves, in this slide show.

Self-Defense Tips for Women

In this ABC News article, experts discuss tips that women can use to protect themselves.

Five Sensible Self-Defense Tips for Women Returning to College

Women returning to college can learn how to become harder targets and be more aware of their surroundings by reading this article and watching the video above it.

Five Self-Defense Tips Every Woman Should Know

Watch this video to learn five ways that women can protect themselves from assault.

Four Ways Women Can Protect Themselves From Predators

Sexual assault continues to be a threat that women must be conscious of. This slide show discusses four ways that women can protect themselves from becoming victims of individuals who prey on them.

A Self-Defense Expert’s Running Safety Tips

Self-defense expert Jennifer Cassetta discusses running and situational awareness in this CNN article in which she also offers seven running safety tips. The page also begins with a video.

Krav Maga: How to Floor a Male Attacker Within Minutes Without Brute Strength

Krav Maga is a fighting technique that women of all sizes can use to protect themselves against an attack. This article discusses learning Krav Maga as a self-defense technique.


In this article, teens can read about ways to protect themselves from predators. Topics on this page include how to de-escalate a situation, using one’s head, reducing risks, and taking self-defense classes.

Self-Defense Expert Reveals How to Get Out of a Choke Hold

This video and interview discuss and illustrate how to break free when put in a chokehold by an assailant.

Self-Defense Moves You Need to Know

Open this link to watch a Fox News video on how to escape a potential attacker. The page also discusses self-defense.

These Self-Defense Moves Could Help Keep You Safe During Spring Break (video)

Watch a Krav Maga demonstration by an expert self-defense instructor by clicking on this link.

On the Street and Other Places

Read how to stay aware and safe when walking on the street or when out running by clicking on this link.

Feel Safer on the Streets With These Self-Defense Moves for Women

Click this link to watch a 5-minute self-defense video that offers tips for women.

Five Self-Defense Tips From Seattle Jogger Who Fought Off Rapist (video)

On this page, site visitors can read the five tips given by a woman who was able to fight off her attacker.

Nine Ways to Stay Safe When Walking Alone

Predators often look for an opportunity to catch their victims when they are unaware. This article discusses ways to stay aware and safe when walking alone.

Becoming More Aware: A Few Tips on Keeping You and Your Family Safe

Being aware of one’s surroundings whether in real life or on the Internet is crucial when it comes to self-defense. This newsletter article discusses situational awareness and provides tips on how to be more aware.

To Stay Safe, Be Aware of Your Surroundings

This article discusses the importance of being aware of one’s surroundings and how it’s important for safety.

How to Choose a Self-Defense Class

When learning self-defense, it’s important to learn under the instruction of someone who is properly trained and trusted. This site gives advice on how one can choose the right class for them.

Your Brain: Why Is Your Brain a Defensive Tool?

The ability to think and use one’s brain is often considered one of the most important self-defense tools that one has. This article briefly discusses its importance in relation to safety.

Be Aware of Your Surroundings (PDF)

This page has a list of ways that people can be more aware of their surroundings while on the streets and in public to reduce their risk of becoming a victim.

Three Self-Defense Moves Everyone Should Know

Learn about the principles of self-defense and discover the three defense moves everyone should know by clicking on this link.

Four Self-Defense Moves Every Woman Should Know

Visit this page to see useful self-defense moves illustrated by a CIA agent.

Here’s Exactly What to Do if You Think You’re Being Kidnapped

Teen and adult women can click this link for valuable advice on what to do if they are the victim of a kidnapping attempt.

Safe and Proud: Self-Defense Tips

This page offers reminders on how one can stay safe during different situations, including online, on first dates, or when going out in general.

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