We want to understand how to prevent gender-based violence from happening. Empowerment self-defence training can reduce women’s vulnerability to violence and increase their self-confidence. We study these classes to understand how empowerment self-defence is taught and how psychological, verbal and physical strategies can be used to de-escalate and resist violence.
People who learn self-defence can find it transformational. Our research uncovers how these transformations occur by examining how talk and the body are used to prevent violence. By understanding what empowerment self-defence looks like, our findings can inform and improve important interventions for preventing gendered violence.