POINT PLEASANT — A self-defense class for women only arrives just in time for Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Class starts at 7 p.m., Oct. 23 at the Pleasant Valley Wellness Center.
The event is organized by the GFWC of Point Pleasant and the Junior GWFC of Point Pleasant. There is no cost to participate, however donations will be accepted and given to Branches.
According to Nicole Bailey, Mason County Branches Domestic Violence Victims Advocate, Branches works to provide safe, emergency shelter, legal assistance, counseling and case management to women who have fallen victim to abuse. Bailey specifically works with Mason County residents and can be reached at 304-675-4968.
Jennifer (Bailey) Starcher of The Body Barn will be the instructor.
The training is open to females ages 12 and up. Attendees should plan on wearing comfortable clothes, such as sweat pants, running shoes or tennis shoes and be prepared to either participate or watch.
Starcher said she will concentrate on teaching methods for the victim to use the attacker’s own strength to “stun, incapacitate, and run to safety.”
Door prizes, including membership to The Body Barn, a stun gun and pepper spray will be given out. For additional information, contact Starcher at 304-674-9269 or Junior GFWC Dusty Livingston-Smith at 304-593-1057.
Mary Jane Getty is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing.