AWARE's mission is to educate the public, organizations, and individuals about issues related to personal safety.
AWARE is a source of training, information, and support for people, primarily women, learning how to cope with violence. AWARE training is focused on self-protection and self-defense skills that can enable women to avoid, resist, and survive situations ranging from low levels of aggression to extremely violent assault.
As an acronym, AWARE stands for Arming Women Against Rape and Endangerment, but don't interpret the word "arming" too literally. In our name, it implies that one can (and indeed should) be armed with courage, spirit, knowledge, and determination, whether or not one is armed with an extrinsic weapon.
In addition to serving individual women concerned about their own safety, AWARE is a valuable resource for self-defense instructors, law enforcement professionals, social workers, rape crisis counselors, human resource employees, and victim service providers.
AWARE instructors include women with first-hand knowledge of the realities of what it takes to be able to defend yourself. We have particular expertise in dealing with high-risk situations, such as stalking.
AWARE advocates self-protection along a continuum of force, because different types of protection are needed for different levels of threat. One's first responsibility is to try to avoid danger by preparation and alertness. If a problem arises, one should always attempt to leave, or keep it from escalating, if possible. Only if these methods fail, or if a high level of threat is posed by an assailant, is a higher level of response justified. AWARE is uniquely qualified to supply information and training about dealing with those higher levels of threat.
Our focus is on preventing violence through education and training. AWARE is here to provide responsible information, support, and training to women who want to learn how not to be victims.
AWARE is a charitable, non-profit, all-volunteer group, NOT a company trying to make money from selling a particular product or technique, and NOT a political organization. We are a tax-exempt (501(c)3) organization.
Are Men Welcome?
Although most violence against women is perpetrated by men, we know that most men are good people, not violent criminals, and that men, as well as women, need to be able to defend themselves.
Men are welcome as AWARE supporters, volunteers, and students, though we ask them to remember that our materials and courses are designed primarily for women.
Can I join AWARE?
AWARE is not a membership organization, so we do not have annual dues. We are supported by donations, and if you would like to show your support for AWARE in this way, we would be most grateful!