EWSP Curriculum

Equalizer Women’s Self-defense Program (EWSP)

The Equalizer Women’s Self-defense Program (EWSP) is structured into three chapters: Personal Safety, Residential Security, and Physical Self-defense. Each chapter serves to educate women and teens on critical aspects of personal safety and self-defense.

CHAPTER: One – Personal Safety LENGTH: 2-4 hours


  1. Provide facts about assault, rape/sexual assault, and stalking.
  2. Inform about the effects of rape/sexual assault and available help.
  3. Teach how to recognize violent attitudes and dangerous situations.
  4. Guide on reducing exposure to potentially dangerous situations.
  5. Instruct on avoiding becoming the target of an attacker.


  1. Victims Of Violence Statistics
  2. Facts About Rape/Sexual Assault
  3. Facts About Date Rape
  4. Reduce The Risk Of Rape & Assault
  5. Recognizing Violent Attitudes
  6. Reduce The Risk Of Date Rape
  7. What If You Are Attacked Or Raped?
  8. What If Someone You Know Is Sexually Assaulted?
  9. Facts About Stalking
  10. Stalking And The Law
  11. What If You Are Being Stalked?
  12. Defending Someone Else

CHAPTER: Two – Residential Security LENGTH: 2-4 hours


  1. Offer facts about property crime in general.
  2. Discuss burglary, home invasion, and related risks.
  3. Teach how to recognize and reduce the risk of property and violent crime.
  4. Instruct on actions to take if victimized by property crime.
  5. Educate on the legal rights of those victimized by property crime.


  1. Understanding Property Crime
  2. Understanding Burglary
  3. Classifying Burglars
  4. Tools Of The Burglary Trade
  5. Tricks Of The Burglary Trade
  6. Understanding Home Invasion
  7. The “C.A.R.V.E.” Assessment & “D.I.V.I.I.R.T.” Property Crime
  8. Practical Application Of “D.I.V.I.I.R.T.”
  9. Perimeter Fences & Gates
  10. Securing Outside Property
  11. Exterior Lighting For Security
  12. Surveillance Cameras For Security
  13. A Key Point
  14. Securing Exterior Doors
  15. Securing Garage Doors
  16. Securing Windows
  17. Burglar Alarm Basics
  18. A Home Safe
  19. Children & Residential Security
  20. A Safe Room
  21. Residential Security While Away
  22. Access While Away
  23. Suspicious Activity & Objects
  24. If You Are Victimized By Property Crime
  25. Victim’s Rights

CHAPTER: Three – Physical Self-defense (divided into four phases) LENGTH: 4 hours per self-defense phase


  1. Educate on the objectively reasonable use of force and the effects of survival stress.
  2. Teach defense against common grabs, holds, and strikes, both standing and on the ground.
  3. Instruct on defending against knife or sharp instrument attacks.
  4. Enhance confidence in self-defense ability.


Phase One:

  • Self-defense Chapter Objectives
  • Conflict Leverage
  • Physical Fitness
  • Nutritional Fitness
  • Warm-up Exercises
  • Stretching
  • Guidelines for the Use of Force
  • Survival Stress
  • Threat Assessment and Response
  • Strategic Striking

Phase Two:

  • Common Grab Defense

Phase Three:

  • Head Lock Defense
  • Bear Hug Defense
  • Knife Defense

Phase Four:

  • Ground Defense & Escapes

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