1 in 4 women experience severe intimate partner physical violence (NCADV 2019). It is imperative to teach women the skills to defend themselves should the need arise. Heather Knight is a Atlanta police officer who teaches self-defense classes for women who are survivors of domestic violence.
Officer knight responds often to domestic violence calls while on duty. As a police officer, there’s not a lot she can do other than make sure the victim is safe. She is not allowed to recommend services because that would be considering an endorsement by a police officer. She decided to start her nonprofit organization “Surviving to Thriving Inc Atlanta” where women can seek self-defense and lifestyle classes.
They offer courses for survivors of domestic violence such as:
- Self Defense
- Job Interview Skills
- Resume Building
- Counseling Services
Surviving to Thriving is dedicated to helping women leave domestic violence situations for good
They are currently partnered with a state agency that charges them $25 per piece every time they use it. They are raising funds on YouHelp to buy their own equipment. By owning the equipment, they will be able to offer these classes to the community free of charge!
- Nun chucks
- Boxing Bags
- Boxing Pear
- Boxing Gloves
Self Defense classes can make a huge difference for domestic violence survivors, not just with their skills but also their self confidence. Experiencing violence of any sort can have a lasting impact on the lives of many people. Officer Knight hopes to help these women get back on their feet and leave their bad situations.
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About the Author: The author is a staff writer at YouHelp