Does Self-Defense Training Prevent Sexual Violence Against Women?

  title={Does Self-Defense Training Prevent Sexual Violence Against Women?},
  author={Jocelyn A. Hollander},
  journal={Violence Against Women},
  pages={252 - 269}
  • Jocelyn A. Hollander
  • Published 2014
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Violence Against Women
  • Self-defense classes are offered across the nation as a strategy for reducing women’s vulnerability to sexual assault. Yet there has been little systematic research assessing the effectiveness of these classes. In this article, I use data from a mixed methods study of a 10-week, university-based, feminist self-defense class to examine the effectiveness of self-defense training over a 1-year follow-up period. My analyses indicate that women who participate in self-defense training are less… CONTINUE READING
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