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Self-defense Awareness and Familiarization Exchange (SAFE)

Purdue University faculty, staff, students and visitors have access to Self-defense Awareness and Familiarization Exchange (SAFE), a comprehensive course of situational awareness, realistic self-defense tactics and techniques. SAFE is one of the leading self-defense courses in the United States, founded by the National Self Defense Institute.

SAFE Course Location

Purdue University Police Department
Terry House (TERY)
205 South Martin Jischke Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907-1971

SAFE is an introduction to women’s self-defense. The program lasts 2.5 hours and consists of a safety talk/awareness session, followed by an introduction to basic physical defense tactics. The program is free of charge and the minimum age for participants is 13. Athletic-style clothing is recommended, but shorts are not permittedSAFE is appropriate for women of all physical abilities.  

For additional information or to inquire about scheduling a SAFE session for your group or organization, email Lt. Sarah Clark at

In accordance with Purdue policies, all persons have equal access to Purdue University's educational programs, services and activities without regard to race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or ancestry, genetic information, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, or status as a veteran.