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The City of Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon

Welcome to the official web site of the City of Portland, Oregon

General Information: 503-823-4000


1221 SW 4th Avenue, Room 110, Portland, OR 97204

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Welcome to WomenStrength! 

WomenStrength is a program of the Portland Police Bureau.  Since 1979, we have provided free self-defense classes and personal safety workshops to people around the Portland area.  We have taught self-defense skills to approximately 30,000 women and teenage girls, and personal safety workshops to over 100,000 women and men.


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Want to teach self-defense? Become an  instructor!

WomenStrength and GirlStrength are looking for confident, caring and dedicated individuals to volunteer their time to teach classes on topics related to violence prevention and empowerment self-defense.  No experience necessary! Apply Now!  We encourage women of all ages and backgrounds to apply.  

New Instructor Training starts January 25th, 2020

View training dates and more!

 Download the Volunteer Instructor Application Now!


Interested in Assisting with Operations?

Download the Volunteer Operations Application


Please email completed applications to

Learn more about Volunteer Instructor Training or other Volunteer Opportunities


Do you have an event you would like WomenStrength or GirlStrength to attend?

 WomenStrength and GirlStrength are happy to set up booths or tables at events so that we can spread the word about the fantastic services the programs have to offer. Our booths provide program information, information and resources on violence against women, facts and myths about violence and sexual assault, as well as information and tips for personal safety.


Please fill out a Booth/Tabling Request Form and submit it to



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Telephone: 503-823-0260


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