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Changing the way women walk in the world.

AWARE ND is an intensive self-defense program highly specialized for the needs of ALL WOMEN

Violence is not just contained to the home. Violence can happen to any woman anywhere.

Our classes are intentionally designed to teach participants needed verbal and physical skills to make effective personal safety choices. Through simulating realistic situations and practicing FULL-FORCE defensive tactics, women retain these skills years after completing the program. AWARE ND is based on real life. Scenarios are enacted from situations that occur to women such as rape, attack, and face to face confrontation. Participants learn how to deal with any situation imaginable and to assess which strategy to use, whether that is de-escalation, boundary setting, or physical self-defense.

Is AWARE ND really needed in the Bismarck-Mandan community?

Absolutely. The Abused Adult Resource Center (AARC) is a Bismarck center for those who are victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Learn more about us and why we do what we do.

Here are the 2016 North Dakota Domestic Violence stats.
6089 incidents of domestic violence were reported to crisis intervention centers in North Dakota.
6089 incidents of domestic violence were reported to crisis intervention centers in North Dakota.
92% of the victims were women
92% of the victims were women
At least 67% of victims served were physically abused.
At least 67% of victims served were physically abused.
1,128 victims served were abused by a former spouse or former partner.
1,128 victims served were abused by a former spouse or former partner.
In at least 37% of cases, the abuser had a history of abusive behavior with other adults including prior partners.
In at least 37% of cases, the abuser had a history of abusive behavior with other adults including prior partners.

The reality is that there is violence all around us; it is not just a big city problem. National statistics indicate that 1 OUT OF 3 WOMEN WILL BE VICTIMS OF VIOLENCE IN THEIR LIFETIME.

We have the knowledge and passion to keep our women in the community safe by implementing education, self-esteem, and self-help. If you are interested in contributing to our program, please visit our Donate page.