UCPD Free Women’s Self Defense Class

The UConn Police Department in partnership with Community Standards, Off-Campus Student Services and Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis Services, are working together to reaffirm the goal of providing the highest level of safety and well-being to the UConn community, by offering FREE self-defense classes to members of our community.

The goal of the UConn Police START program is to offer an easily accessible educational and awareness programs for our community. Specifically, our Women’s Self-Defense Program is designed to help women develop a foundation of basic self-defense and offers them viable options when confronted with various threats of violence.

This 12 hour self-defense course, will run for 4 consecutive Wednesday nights starting December 21, 2016 through January 11, 2016.  Each class starts at 5:00 p.m. and ends around 8:00 p.m. Each class will be held at UConn’s Hawley Armory. The first 3 classes are mandatory to complete the course while the 4th class, which allows students to take part in hands-on, simulated exercises, is voluntary.  This comprehensive course progresses from awareness, prevention, risk reduction, and avoidance to basic physical self-defense exercises to the simulation exercises. The course we are currently teaching women is the “R.A.D. For Women: Basic Physical Defense.”

For the male members of our community interested in similar courses, please visit the webpage listed below for information on the UConn Police Men’s safety program “R.A.D for men,” Resisting Aggression with Self-Defense by teaching skills to resist and escape aggressive behaviors.

Class size is limited and filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants must attend the first 3 classes in order to participate in the simulated exercises!

To register for this class please follow the link below to access our online sign up form, which opens Dec 5th.


For more information, contact: Ofc Eric Bard at eric.bard@uconn.edu.