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We are the world-renowned personal safety and empowerment-based self-defense company that teaches women, girls, and people of
ALL GENDER IDENTITIES
how to manage their safety.

GIRLS fight BACK

WE'VE EMPOWERED MILLIONS OF PEOPLE SINCE 2001

Girls Fight Back was born in direct response to the June 2001 murder of a dynamic, athletic, and loved college student named Shannon McNamara. After Shannon’s death, her friend and sorority sister, Erin Weed, realized the need for practical and empowering options for young women in college to learn violence prevention and self-defense skills. By combining core values, a fun and empowering attitude, and the best safety and self-defense methods available, Girls Fight Back was born. We later expanded our programs to serve gender-inclusive communities!

In 2020, self-defense expert and international speaker Nicole Snell took over as owner and CEO of Girls Fight Back. Our award-winning personal safety and empowerment-based self-defense programs aim to make risk recognition, preventing violence, and fighting back an approachable topic for everyone on college campuses and beyond.

We offer gender-inclusive programs that are empowering, evidence-based, trauma-informed and victim-centered. We believe that we can simultaneously work to prevent violence through culture change and offer people the skills to manage their safety in the present.

 

No victim blaming! No restrictions on life activities! We focus on providing you with the options to open up your world.

When we are empowered to live our lives freely and confidently, there is no limit to what we can do!

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WE SERVE DIVERSE COMMUNITIES!

We offer a wide range of in-person and virtual violence prevention programming on topics including: empowerment, boundary setting, bystander intervention, and personal safety to a variety of industries both domestically and abroad.

College

COLLEGE & UNIVERSITIES

For over 20 years, GFB has been leading the conversation on campus safety and violence prevention education for gender-inclusive audiences at colleges around the US!

Corporate

CORPORATE

Violence prevention and safety in the workplace are important to creating healthy work environments and efficient teams.

Awards

HIGH SCHOOL

Educating younger audiences with safety skills is an important step in raising awareness and preventing violence.

Military

MILITARY

Nicole has 10 years of experience training audiences from every branch of the US Military and SAPR/SHARP advocates worldwide.

speaker

PUBLIC CLASSES

We offer public classes in the LA area 3-4 times a year! Our 2-hour Badass Basics Self-Defense Workshop offers practical and simple skills for wherever your journeys take you.

outdoors

OUTDOOR SAFETY

As a passionate solo traveler, hiker, backpacker, and adventurer, Nicole offers several safety and self-defense programs for outdoor and running groups.

OUR EVENTS!