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August 2022

IMPACT Safety’s “We Are Worth Defending” Initiative Certifies First Cohort of Women of Color Self-Defense Trainers

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IMPACT Safety, a program of LifeCare Alliance, recently launched a new initiative called “We Are Worth Defending.” The program is designed specifically for women of color (WOC) who are more likely to experience physical and sexual abuse than the wider population of women at large. Studies indicate that among WOC, 1 in 4 of them have experienced sexual assault before the age of 18.

Even with this disparity, WOC are often less likely to learn methods of defending themselves against attack than their white counterparts. Through a series of listening sessions, focus groups and online surveys during 2020-2021, IMPACT Safety engaged with more than 100 central Ohio WOC to try to determine why WOC might be less likely to learn self-defense tactics. This research identified three primary barriers that included time, money, and cultural conditioning.

According to Venica Miller, “We are Worth Defending” project manager, many of the cultural concerns uncovered included misconceptions that society may already look at WOC as being too strong, or too dominant, and thus do not need self-defense.

The week-long trainers’ training was led by Empowerment Self Defense (ESD) instructors from around the globe. ESD is an approach that combines verbal, physical, and intuitive tools to help individuals set boundaries, increase confidence, and learn how to heal from interpersonal violence. (IMPACT Safety is a provider of ESD training in central Ohio.)

“We Are Worth Defending” graduated 15 WOC who are now certified ESD trainers who can go out and teach these skills to other women in their community circles. Dr. Julie Harmon, director of IMPACT Safety, estimates that each newly minted trainer should be able to pass these skills along to approximately 100 other women. This represents an enormous impact in helping central Ohio WOC increase confidence and promote healing within their communities.

Hear from the new trainers themselves about their reaction to the program and their plans for passing these skills along.

How to Fit Volunteering Into Any Schedule

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Day-to-day responsibilities can make it seem impossible to incorporate new activities, like volunteering, into your routine. Luckily, hundreds of our volunteers know that even with a busy schedule you can still find time to volunteer. Here are some tried and true methods to fit volunteering into your life:

Volunteer with your colleagues

Visit our Levee Event Center at Franklinton for your next working lunch. Our facilities are available for business meetings, seminars, training workshops, holiday celebrations, and more. Before or after a lunch by our L.A. Catering, participate in team-building activities that benefit the community – volunteer together!

Volunteer with family or friends

Many hands make light work, and volunteering together is an excellent way to spend quality time with the people you love. So consider delivering Meals-on-Wheels before your next lunch date with friends or bring the whole family to help prepare pet food deliveries for the Senior PetCare program. Read more about the benefits of volunteering as a family here.

Volunteer on holidays

LifeCare Alliance delivers Meals-on-Wheels 365 days per year. Start a new tradition with family and friends and sign up to volunteer! Thanksgiving and Christmas Day are festive occasions to deliver a Meals-on-Wheels route, and there is no greater holiday gift than the joy of helping a neighbor in need. Help is needed on EVERY holiday, so next Labor Day, or New Years Day, or Fourth of July…. plan to help Nourish the Human Spirit with a few hours of your day off!

So, whether you find yourself with some free time today to deliver a Meals-on-Wheels route or if you’d like to plan ahead, our expert Corporate & Community Engagement team will create an opportunity that works for you. So don’t delay! Read on to learn how to begin your volunteer journey with LifeCare Alliance.


First – Learn more about volunteer opportunities with LifeCare Alliance.
Then – fill out our Volunteer Application  and  get in touch with our Corporate & Community Engagement Managers to set up a volunteer experience for yourself or your group. Reach them by email at or by phone at (614) 444-6325.
We can’t wait to see you!