The S.A.F.E. Message

"If you were targeted for a violent attack, you are only guaranteed there will be one person there to defend you and that person is you… YOU are your best defense."

S.A.F.E. Program

Dual Purpose:

1. To prevent crimes of sexual violence in our communities through programs of education and training, focusing primarily on awareness and prevention;

2. To educate women about realistic options that will help them avoid, escape, and survive assaults if they do occur.

Program Details

NSDI's 'S.A.F.E.' PROGRAM is an initiative to STOP Violence Against Teenaged and Adult Women.

'S.A.F.E.'(an acronym for Self-defense Awareness & Familiarization Exchange) is an unparalleled 2-hour educational awareness, crime-victim prevention program – encompassing Strategies, Techniques, Options, and Prevention – that provides teenaged & adult women with information that may reduce their risk of exposure to violence and introduces them to the physical aspects of self-defense.

Teaching that "90% of self-defense is awareness, risk reduction, and avoiding confrontation; and only 10% is physical"; and focusing on both mental and physical preparedness, 'S.A.F.E.' provides women with solid public safety-awareness information to incorporate into their every day lives.

Within 8 months of its March 2000 launch, 'S.A.F.E.' won the Miami-Dade LEO (Law Enforcement Officers) Foundation awarded in the 'Safety' category for the Miami Beach Police Department. Responding to the program's successes, NSDI was invited to introduce 'S.A.F.E.' in a one-hour presentation at the national meeting of Directors representing 32 Regional Community Policing Institutes (RCPI) funded by the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS)in Washington, D.C. And NSDI is proud to be included among their resources.


S.A.F.E. Program elements include

- A dynamic, super-graphic 13-piece full color folio packed with safety information every woman should know (given to every participant)

- The 17-minute motivational video that is shown as part of every program (which is narrated by Emmy Award winning actress Sharon Gless (Cagney & Lacey to Burn Notice TV series))

- A 1 1/2 hour familiarization with what physical self-defense is about.

- Instructor Training – an 8-hour class to train and certify trainers (from Public Safety Departments, Colleges/Universities/Schools, Victim Services Agencies, etc.) to facilitate the 2-hour 'S.A.F.E.' class for adult and teenaged women as a community service.

- The 2-hour 'S.A.F.E.' class facilitated as a community service for various organizations (i.e., neighborhood, civic, faith-based, corporate.)