“Violent crimes are disproportionately against women and as crime continues to rise, we know regrettably that women are more likely to be the victims”, Member for Lyndhurst, Martin Pakula MP said today.

“This motivated me to organise a self-defence class in my electorate to promote women’s safety”, Mr Pakula said. 

The self-defence class incorporated the building of awareness, prevention, risk reduction, as well as hands-on self-defense training from Tom McMahon of Shuzoku Martial Arts Narre Warren.

“It’s about teaching women skills for self-defense to protect both themselves and their families,” Mr Pakula said.  

“Women’s safety is a significant issue for our community and the fear and anxiety that women feel about their safety can significantly impact on their daily lives.”

“Women who fear for their personal safety are more likely to change their day-to-day
activities and behaviours. Women who have experienced violence are also more likely to suffer from physical and mental health issues.”

“The financial costs are estimated to be over $3.4 billion per annum for Victoria. The
social costs are immeasurable,” Mr Pakula said.

“The women who attended the self-defence class left feeling more confident knowing they
have learnt new skills to keep themselves safe.”

Below are a few tips to help keep yourself safe:

  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Always plan your trip home, especially at night
  • Try to travel with a friend or in a group
  • Don’t carry large amounts of money with you
  • Avoid isolated bus stops and train stations
  • Walk confidently
  • Never use short cuts such as unlit alleys or routes across waste ground
  • When approaching your front door or car door, have the key ready in your hand
  • Always lock the car when you are driving