EMERJ-SafeNow offers  sessions throughout the year for adults of all ages, backgrounds and genders. Our programs and workshops  are equity based and culturally specific. We collaborate with communities and community leaders in a variety of ways: through informal meetings sharing beverages and food, and/or sharing or listening sessions and public forums.

After building a caring relationship and exchanging of ideas, EMERJ-SafeNow facilitators and community members work together to develop curricula and determine what strategies and approaches best suit the needs of the population. Communities decide if they want gender specific sessions and what topics best meet their personal safety needs. Read more about our unique approach.

To find a workshop, program or session near you visit our events page. To schedule a free consultation, contact us at 503-498-8452 or by email at

EMERJ-SafeNow Sessions

We offers equitable sessions in the form of workshops, programs and presentations with a sliding scale for payment and scholarships, as needed by communities or organizations.

Sessions are usually taught in 2-3 hour modules, and are generally  6-8 sessions in length. These sessions may be in the form of programs, workshops and presentations whatever form best meets the needs of the community to best address their personal safety concerns. These modules are created after understanding trust and safety has been established:

Care-Defense Skills and Topics 

Advocacy Skills

  • Self-Care and wellness
  • Mindfulness and healing after trauma
  • Safety Planning
  • Assertive Communication
  • Supportive allies and upstanding bystanders
  • Community Support systems
  • Resources (locally, statewide and nationally)

Relationship Smarts

  • Healthy sexuality, identity and body image
  • Identifying healthy relationships and communication
  • Setting personal limits and boundaries
  • Interpreting social norms through the media
  • Affirmative consent (verbal and nonverbal)
  • Gender equity and stereotypes
  • Equity and privilege
  • Assertive communication

Community and Street smarts

  • Intuition & awareness strengthening
  • Identifying allies
  • Bystander intervention
  • Using the environment & objects
  • Understanding Harrassment

Additional Topics

  • Sexual Assault  & rape(options for reporting, confidentiality and healing)
  • Stalking
  • Sexting and sextortion
  • Human Trafficking/Commercial Sexual Exploitation
  • Substance use and  abuse
  • Depression and suicide
  • Bullying and cyberbullying

Skills and Techniques

EMERJ-SafeNow skills and training can include :

  • De-escalation & conflict resolution
  • Escapes
  • Negotiation & fake compliance
  • Strikes &  kicks
  • Yelling and identifying behaviors
  • Weapons Protection
  • Self-talk and internal thoughts
  • Protection on the ground
  • Protection against  multiple attackers
  • Environment protection