Interrupting the Cycle Violence through Self DefenseResearch proves that empowerment self-defense programs work. Participants are less fearful, more aware of their boundaries, and are able to speak up sooner when faced with manipulative or threatening situations. Furthermore, for those who have experienced trauma in the past, evidence shows that empowerment self-defense training can interrupt the cycle of violence and decrease the likelihood of a future assault. Join host, Silvia Smart in this safe space. With over three decades on the frontlines, she’ll give you all the skills and knowledge you need to live your most fearless and empowered life!
Domestic Violence Part 3
In part three of this series on domestic violence, we continue to look at behaviors of an abusive person along with warning signs and red flags. We talk about indicators of an unhealthy, potentially dangerous relationship. As a balance to that, we think through a few guideposts pointing the way to a healthy relationship. It’s a lot to listen to and think about, so remember to breathe!
Domestic Violence Part 2
In part two of this series on domestic violence, we look at some of the behaviors of an abusive person. We get specific about warning signs, signals, and “red flags”. By now you know my philosophy, which is that the more you know, the safer you are. In that spirit, we're going to dig around some unhealthy behaviors and start to pull them apart. It’s a lot to listen to and think about, so remember to breathe!
Domestic Violence Part 1
In this episode, we’re going to look at the basic facts and statistics of Domestic Violence – sometimes called Intimate Partner Violence - to see how sexual assault and violence in relationships affect various populations. We’ll also take a look at the continuum of sexual assault but through this particular lens.
Planning and Preparation
Learn the secret code that unlocks your empowerment! Find out why a good self-defense class can make you more confident, stronger, and freer. In this episode, we start to pick apart the differences between empowerment self-defense programs and other, frankly, not-so-empowering self-defense classes. Our stories and focus are all about preparation and planning, and how a few simple game plans can boost your safety exponentially so you can live your life to the fullest and thrive!
Verbal Self Defense
In this episode we talk about the actual words we use and how we can create safety through their application as a self-defense tool. Of all the tools, the voice and our verbal self-defense can go the farthest to prevent unwanted attention and situations. As with all of empowerment self-defense, we’re also going to look at the multitude of ways words can impact the quality of our lives and the way we walk through the world, which keeps us safer. I’ll give you examples, stories to illustrate the strategies and solid suggestions for practicing so you can get really good at this.
Your VOICE – One of the Most Powerful Tools in Your Self-defense Toolkit!
In this episode, we’re going to talk about VOICE! We’ll be talking about HOW we use this important and powerful body weapon - in daily life and in our self-defense. We are going to set ourselves up to use it consciously as a self-defense tool, probably one of the most important tools in our toolkit!
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As a man who is involved in self defense and who has found himself and those he loves in danger, this voice is refreshing and powerful and makes me feel like I am not alone. I hope to share this with others to make them all feel this immense sense of communal safety and strength I feel through listening.
Congratulations! I’m grateful for all the tips you are giving me to stay safe. As an 88 year old woman who prides herself on being independent, this is very useful and helpful information! Thank you!
Super useful and with great delivery!
As a new ESD instructor, it has been very helpful for me to learn from Silvia and her extensive experience through this podcast! Such a creative format for delivering ESD content and so expertly done! Thank you for sharing and helping me to improve. Hopefully this can spread to women everywhere!