1 in every 5 women experience some form of abuse in their intimate relationship and 83 per cent of victims of spousal abuse are women.
In an effort to create more awareness, two police officers are working together to offer self-defence classes.
November is Domestic Awareness Month. On Nov 10 and Nov 17, both @KRPFnb and @saintjohnpolice are joining forces to provide Women’s Self Defence Workshop. For more details, visit them on FB! https://t.co/vk1oFzGHx6 / https://t.co/VfdFUlnq7T pic.twitter.com/tN8z8GAl3l
— Saint John Police (@saintjohnpolice) November 1, 2018
Constable Trinda McAlduff of the Saint John police acknowledges that the women won't learn everything they need to know in one class.
"Even with teaching self-defence, one class isn't going to teach you every move but if they learn something small like 'keep your hands up' or 'be aware of your surroundings'."
Despite the shocking deaths of Cathy Bawn, Tanya Shand and Melanie Davis, Constable McAlduff says most people are not aware of how much domestic violence exists in our community.
The first class is happening this Saturday at the Nick Nicolle centre in Saint John and the next session is on November 17th at Victory Womens Jiu-Jitsu and Self Defence in Rothesay.
Story by Tamara Steele
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