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Women's Safety Program

Women's Safety Program

The Women’s Safety Program is a series of 12-week programs that provide education and training workshops for vulnerable women with a sensory or physical disability or otherwise considered ‘at risk’, that aim to increase self-reliance, empowerment, and personal safety.

The program will include self-defence lessons and workshops delivered by experts that explore topics such as respectful relationships, self development, what you can do to help others, and online safety.

The Women’s Safety Program is generously funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services’ Strong and Resilient Communities – Inclusive Communities grant.

There is no cost for eligible participants or their carers/support persons.

The 12-week program will include weekly face-to-face classes with some online activities.

Each 12-week program will include:

  • 3 Self-defence lessons
  • 3 Self-empowerment classes
  • 2 Respectful Relationships classes
  • 1 Financial wellbeing session
  • Online Safety sessions
  • And more…

Within these workshops, we will explore:

  • Domestic Violence (DV) and the DV cycle
  • Conflict resolution
  • Communication styles
  • Healthy vs unhealthy relationships
  • Managing stress and trauma
  • Coercive control and other controlling tactics
  • What you can do as a bystander to help others
  • Online safety
  • Safety from sexual violence.

Lessons and workshops are to be delivered in an accessible manner by external trainers that specialise in the topic.

Face-to-face workshops and classes will be held in the Griffin Centre, Canberra City.

Self-defence classes will be held at the Canberra Martial Arts & Fitness Studio in Woden.

The Women’s Safety Program will run six 12-week workshop programs across 2023 and 2024.

Workshop Groups and their dates are as follows:

  • Group 1 – Tuesdays: 21 Feb – 2 May 2023 – Finished
  • Group 2 – Tuesdays: 6 June – 22 Aug 2023 – Finished
  • Group 3 – Thursdays: 10 Aug – 26 Oct 2023 – Closed for enrolments
  • Group 4 – Tuesdays: 12 Sep – 28 Nov 2023 – Closed for enrolments
  • Group 5 – Tuesdays: 6 Feb – 23 April 2024 – Open for enrolments
  • Group 6 – Thursdays: 7 Mar – 21 May 2024 – Open for enrolments

Allow 3 hours for classes.

Group workshops are held on either Tuesdays from 10.30 am to 1.30 pm or Thursdays from 1 to 4 pm.

Self-defence classes to be held on Sundays, from 11am – 2pm.

If you have a preference for a particular Group’s set of dates, please nominate that Workshop Group on your enrolment form. Otherwise you will be enrolled into the next available Group.

To be eligible for this program you must be:

  • A woman or identify as a woman
  • Be 18 years old or over
  • Live in Canberra or surrounds*
  • Willing and able to attend weekly classes
  • Have a sensory or physical disability or impairment
    Be considered in an ‘at-risk’ or ‘vulnerable’ circumstance, demographic or situation.


Examples of ‘at-risk’ or ‘vulnerable’:

  • Invisible chronic illness or mental health
  • Refugee or migrant with limited support / facing other hardships or barriers
  • Single parent under financial or domestic stress
  • Indigenous or culturally diverse background
  • Having previously experienced Domestic or Family Violence
  • Grown up or living with others where the misuse of alcohol or drugs is a regular occurrence.

*Open to participants from surrounding areas, willing and able to undertake the travel on a weekly basis.

The Women’s Safety Project is preventative program that empowers women to understand relationship dynamics and develop strength so they can make choices and act for their safety and others.

To enrol into the Women’s Safety Program click here:

To access the Women’s Safety Program class materials click here:

For more information about the Women’s Safety Program email

The Women’s Safety Program is an initiative of Eyes for Life Canberra through the Department of Social Services’ Strong and Resilient Communities – Inclusive Communities grant.

Funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services.
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Phone: 02 6176 3406


Office hours: Tues – Thurs 9.30AM – 4.30PM

We are not open on Mondays or Fridays

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