Women’s Classes

IMPACT has scholarships available for all classes and we also accept payment through the Massachusetts Victim’s Compensation program

To apply for a scholarship please visit the “Scholarship Opportunities ” page located at the bottom of the CLASSES menu. 

To pay through Victim’s Compensation please email us at: registration@impactboston.org

*Unless otherwise stated, all classes are located at 420 Pearl Street in Malden, MA.



Healthy Relationships, Consent & Self-Defense for Teens
9 hours, 6 Online Sessions
Ages 14+,  Open to girls, women, nonbinary & LGBTQ people

What does a healthy relationship look like? How do you know your limits? How do you communicate them to people in your life?

This online class teaches teens a range of skills for staying safe and sane as they navigate dating, relationships, friendships, life changes, and the uncertainty of the pandemic. Designed for our new digital reality, teens will get the opportunity to practice physical and verbal self-defense skills, assertive communication and bystander intervention. They will also engage in critical discussions that help them define what they want out of relationships and how to advocate for themselves. By the end of the course, students will have a clearer vision of how to take control of their lives and take care of themselves during & beyond the pandemic.

Students Gain:

  • Social context for violence and how to prevent it
  • Risk assessment tools when they detect threats to emotional & physical safety
  • Understanding of healthy relationships & their own limits
  • Verbal & physical strategies to handle unsafe situations
  • Strategies for intervening as a bystander
  • Confidence in their ability to ask for what they want

Students who took this course online said:

“I expected that this class would be primarily focused on physical skills, but this class offered me just as much mental growth. I feel much more ready for future relationships in multiple ways, including being clear and direct with others… I think that this will really contribute to my confidence in college.”

“The most helpful part of this class were the discussions. If this class was only learning physical moves I don’t think I would have gotten as much out of it as I have. Because we had lots of discussions and worked together in small groups I felt that we also made a stronger class community. The online platform was great and I really enjoyed it.”

Class Dates:

Option 1: 7/7, 7/9, 7/14, 7/16, 7/21, and 7/23 from 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Option 2: 7/27, 7/29, 8/3, 8/5, 8/10, and 8/12 from 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Fee: sliding scale $85 – $175
Our sliding scale option allows participants decide how much they can pay.  To register and pay using this option please email us at info@impactboston.org or call the office at (781) 321-3900.  If you would like to pay the full amount you can click here to register online.

Payment plans, scholarships and victim compensation available.

Women of Color Core Program

20 Hours, ages 14+

Course fee: $50

This 20-hour weekend course is specifically designed for women and teen girls of color ages 14+.  Students develop physical and verbal skills to resist threats, intimidation, violence and acts of discrimination perpetrated by both strangers and familiar people.  In a supportive, trauma-informed environment, students learn assertive boundary setting techniques and physical skills to defend and fight back against various threatening situations including confrontations, verbal assault/harassment, attacks from behind, attempted sexual assaults, and ground fighting.  This class will also address harm reduction strategies in response to state violence.  Childcare for the class will be provided upon request (by May 2020*).

Upcoming Women of Color Core Program Classes:

Class dates TBD


Women’s Core Program

20 Hours, Women and Teen Girls, ages 14+

Course fee: $350

*Previously called “Women’s Basics”

In a supportive environment, students learn verbal and physical skills to defend against threatening scenarios including front confrontations, attacks from the rear, and attempted  sexual assault. Skills taught are relevant to situations involving both strangers and familiar people. IMPACT courses emphasize awareness and de-escalation skills to avert situations that require physical defense.

Upcoming Women’s Core Program Classes:

November Weekend: 11/6/20 (4:30pm – 9:30pm), 11/7/20 (10:00am –7:00pm), 11/8/20 (11:00am -4:00pm)

*These are 20-hour, multi-session courses – all three classes (per weekend) must be attended.



IMPACT Review Class

6 Hours, Mixed gender, for grads of Core Programs

Course Fee: $150

A chance for students who have graduated from our Core Program to review teaching pieces and practice their verbal and physical skills in realistic scenarios.

Upcoming IMPACT Review Classes:

9/26/20, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm



Women’s 10-Hour Self-Defense

10 Hours, Women and Teen Girls, ages 14+

Course Fee: $195

Experience IMPACT’s physical and verbal self-defense skills in this convenient, condensed format. Students learn to use body language to communicate strength. Scenarios including front confrontations, attacks from the rear, verbal de-escalation, and assertive communication.

Upcoming 10 Hour Classes:

August class cancelled, new dates TBD


Assertiveness & Boundary Setting 

8 Hours, Mixed gender, ages 14+

Course fee: $185

Many people find that the ability to set and maintain boundaries greatly enhances their sense of safety. This 8-hour all-verbal course teaches students skills for effective communication and negotiation in stressful situations. Practicing these skills in realistic scenarios, students have the opportunity to become comfortable staying calm and articulate while explaining their needs in situations involving strangers, co-workers, acquaintances, friends, family and partners.

Upcoming Assertiveness & Boundary Setting Classes:

September Weekend: 9/12/20 + 9/13/20, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm both days

November Weekend: 11/14/20 + 11/15/20, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm both days



Assertiveness & Boundary Setting Part 2 

4 Hours, Graduates of Assertiveness and Boundary Setting Only

Course Fee: $95

This 4-hour course begins with a review of the concepts and skills learned in the Assertiveness & Boundary Setting class, and adds strategies for dealing with the defensiveness often exhibited by people during difficult conversations. As always the emphasis is on practicing the skills learned in realistic scenarios. Assertiveness & Boundary Setting is a prerequisite.

Upcoming A + B Part 2 Classes:

10/3/20 – 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm



College Bound Safety

12 Hours, Mixed gender, ages 14+

Course fee: $250

For over 20 years IMPACT has taught practical, relevant safety skills to teens across Massachusetts. As students navigate increasing independence, and face the realities of sexual violence on campus, IMPACT will give them tools to maintain their own safety and speak up to advocate for safe and healthy communities.

Upcoming College Bound Safety Classes:

July and August classes cancelled, new dates TBD


Introduction to IMPACT for Trauma Survivors

6 Hours, Mixed Gender, Ages 14+

Course fee: $150

This class provides a slow and gradual introduction to physical and verbal IMPACT self-defense skills. This six hour course allows students to learn basic self-defense skills as well as discuss trauma responses and how they affect the body.

Upcoming Intro to IMPACT for Trauma Survivors Classes:

August class cancelled, new date TBD



For more information call (781) 321-3900 or email us at info@impactboston.org