Created by the Beaverton Police Department, the Victim Self-Defense class offers education on situational awareness and self-defense tactics for victims of crime. It is a free, one-time class for individuals in the Beaverton community (18 years of age or older) who have experienced difficult or traumatic events in their lives.
The three hour class is taught by Beaverton Police officers with special training in self-defense tactics. The course includes both classroom (discussion) and physical skills training. All aspects of the physical part of the class are optional and can be adapted to fit a wide variety of needs. Each participant is paired with a victim advocate for the duration of the class, and a qualified mental health professional is onsite and available throughout the class, if needed.