A Shepparton-based dojo opened its doors to victims of domestic violence on Saturday, offering a free three-hour self-defence class.
About 18 women supported by Shepparton Salvation Army’s Salvocare attended the session at Gracie Jiu-Jitsu in Kialla.
Salvation Army Shepparton Corps officer Karyn Wishart said the self-defence business’ owner Scott Butler had approached the service offering the free session to local victims of domestic violence.
Mr Butler said the women were taken through techniques needed when controlling and subduing a predator.
‘‘There are two types of predators — strangers and non-strangers,’’ he said.
‘‘The non-strangers often don’t get as much attention.’’
Ms Wishart said the seminar was a great way of empowering the Salvation Army’s clients.
‘‘We’re passionate about women’s health at the Salvation Army,’’ she said.
‘‘Often women who are victims of domestic violence can be trapped so we help them to get on their feet.
‘‘Our support officer helps them to find empowerment.
‘‘Usually they don’t work so we help them to find a job and those sorts of things.’’
Mr Butler said Gracie Jiu-Jitsu ran women-empowering classes as well as combative and bullyproof classes for those starting out in self-defence.
Those interested in taking up classes can contact Gracie Jiu-Jitsu on 0418149569.