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Every women deserves to live a life free from

unnecessary fear and worry. And that's what Protect's Safe For Life programme can give you.

Safe for Life

Self protection, confidence and empowerment skills for women

Every woman deserves to live a life free from unnecessary fear and worry. And that's what Protect's 1-day Safe For Life programme, which caters exclusively to the self-protection requirements of women, can give you. 

Violence against women is an unfortunate reality of modern life. While we hope it will never happen to us, the truth is that an incident of violence against a woman occurs approximately every 23 minutes in New Zealand. A rape or sexual assault occurs every few hours. Currently 1 in 4 women in NZ are sexually assaulted before the age of 16, and approx 1 in 3 are sexually assaulted in their lifetime. Safe For Life exists to reduce these statistics. 

Live a life of freedom without the threat of physical or sexual abuse and scare tactics – This course is a totally new approach to self-protection that gives you the ability to identify and diffuse potentially dangerous situations before they even occur. This comprehensive 6.5 hour course will teach you to understand the psychology and behavioural patterns and techniques of potential attackers, and maximise your ability to recognise and avoid danger at the earliest possible stages. The psychological component of self defence for women is especially important, because the reality is that not all assaults simply come out of the blue: in fact, the majority of sexual attackers are already known to the woman. 

A physical response is only ever a last resort, usually when there is no other option. But should that become necessary, Safe For Life will equip you with easy to learn, highly effective physical defence skills which work under pressure and stress in any situation against a larger and stronger male. 

Safe For Life has been designed by Protect's senior trainers, including consultation from our partners in Women's Refuge, Rape Crisis, NZ Police and is based on research from our work with hundreds of female survivors of all types of violence. 

Safe For Life is the only
programme endorsed by Rape Prevention Education (formerly Rape Crises) and has helped empower thousands of women with the skills and confidence to stay safe. 

This course is attended by women who are looking to ensure that they never become victims of sexual violence, assault, or any other form of violence and by survivors of past assaults looking to ensure that it never happens to them again. Safe For Life helps to eliminate un-warranted fear and worry by instilling confidence, awareness and empowerment. This is a real-life programme open to women of all ages (14+), sizes and levels of physical ability. 

Just a few of the things you will learn at Safe For Life:


  • The most common manipulation techniques used by males against females to gain control over them and lure them into dangerous situations. Once you know these you will recognise them in almost every story of predatory assault you ever hear. Recognise them at their earliest point to stay safe!


  • Understanding the psychology of fear and how to use it to your advantage.


  • The two types of predators you could face, how they operate, and how to defend against them both.


  • Ensuring your heightened awareness does not become un-necessary fear or worry, but instead confidence, self-belief and empowerment.


  • The most common myths about women’s self defence dispelled so you will be prepared with the most effective, relevant, and proven strategies to protect yourself and your loved ones.


  • How to de-escalate and defuse potentially violent situations.


  • Highly effective physical responses which work against anyone including much larger, stronger and aggressive males in any situation, under extreme fear and pressure.


  • Dealing with the post-event issues.


  • Taught in a highly supportive, positive and professional environment, Protect's Safe For Life is a comprehensive course that gives you all of the above and A LOT MORE.

To find out more about Safe for Life, make an enquiry

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