What is Empowerment Self Defense (ESD)

Every person has the right to learn how to defend themselves. Systems of violence are complex, so this requires more than just physical techniques. Empowerment Self-Defense is a holistic approach to personal safety which teaches tools to address the the most prevalent types of violence, from verbal harassment to physical violence. It is an evidenced-based primary violence prevention system that teaches individuals how to interrupt violence by: listening to their intuition, assessing their options, asserting boundaries, using de-escalation strategies, and provides tools for a range of mental, verbal, and physical responses.

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Ways to get involved

  • Enroll in the FREE-What is ESD Course

  • Take the Kind Quiz

  • Enroll in the Freedom to Choose Course

  • Click Home button to explore our website!

  • Subscribe to the ESD Global mailing list

  • Sign up to Volunteer at ESD Global

  • Donate to provide accessibility to ESD training

  • Participate in ESD Global Instructor Training

  • Tell others about us

Take the Kind Quiz

The Kind Quiz was created to help individuals better understand their values. Upon completion of the 4-minute online quiz, each participant is matched with 1 or 10 Kind profile types and receives a 3-page overview of the profile to help them select social impact activities that resonate with their values.