Together we prevent violence, heal trauma and foster resilience to build safe communities.
The Safety Team, Inc., is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the safety, empowerment, resiliency, healing, and well-being of women. Founded by a group of women who are passionate about making a difference, our core team members share a background in martial arts yet have diverse professional expertise related to violence against women (see Our Team). Our highly trained instructors, along with our countless volunteers and interns, allow us to offer a range of empowerment, violence prevention, and trauma recovery services for women. In all of our programs, women find their voice, learn practical skills, reclaim a sense of power and control, develop resiliency, and as a result, reduce their risk of assault.
TST believes that effective sexual assault prevention should be available and accessible to all who want it. Statistically, all women and girls face elevated risk, especially teenagers and young women. Age, income, language, race, ethnicity, income, sexual orientation, and gender expression can also magnify risk.
We deliberately offer a wide range of programs to promote accessibility while maintaining safe and productive spaces for workshop participants. Workshops include single-sex, all-gender, and custom options. We frequently bring workshops to school and college campuses to reach youth and partner with businesses to serve at-risk employees.
We also offer instructor certification and ESD program development consultation. These services allow communities, schools, colleges, and groups to develop their own internal ESD/TESD programming and leadership. We honor participants’ and TST team members’ wide range of perspectives and lived experiences. We at the Safety Team believe that when we work together, we can change the world. As such, we collaborate with other organizations that share our broader mission of enhancing women’s leadership abilities and resiliency while facilitating healing and overall well-being. We do all of this while promoting a culture of safety and respect for all.
Our mission is nothing short of changing the world.
“This land that is now known as Vermont is in the unceded territory of the Western Abenaki people. It is the responsibility of those who now also live on the land to care for it as the Abenaki people have done for thousands of years”
Chief Joanne Crawford of the Abenaki Nation of Missisquoi
The Safety Team also acknowledges the non-Western roots of the martial arts and other body-based practices that are incorporated into our trainings. Many traditions from around the world rely on purposeful and powerful movement, rhythms, breathing, and dancing to restore well-being.
We are grateful for this wisdom.