June is National Safety Month, and it’s gotten us thinking a lot about the saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." In our lives, we tend to focus on the big threats and how we can prevent or at least minimize them from affecting us. But how often do we think about the little things we could be doing to every day to keep ourselves safe?
We sat down with Joelle Rozek, recent MBA grad from Pepperdine University in Los Angeles and Business Analyst on the TASER Self-Defense team, and her mom Jeanne to learn more about their journeys with self-defense and how TASER products fit into their lifestyle.
TASER Self-Defense is excited to partner with the non-profit organization Protection From Abuse, led by founder and certified TASER instructor Steven Dana. Protection From Abuse is a charity that provides free safety and security services to victim-survivors of domestic abuse, stalking, and other violent crimes. Steven and his organization provide security services, safety guidance, and self-defense training to help hundreds of women each year gain confidence and feel safer in their communities. Learn more about Steven and the work his organization does in the Q&A below.
NAME & ORGANIZATION:
Steven J. Dana, Founder & CEO, Protection From Abuse
AREAS OF SPECIALTY:
Close Protection, Victim-Witness Protection, Risk Management, Threat Assessment & Threat Management, Safety Planning, Tactical Driving, and Women’s Safety and Self-Defense.
HOW DID YOU GET INTO THE TRAINING SPACE AND WHAT EXCITES YOU ABOUT IT?
PROTECTION FROM ABUSE guides hundreds of women each year on critical safety issues affecting their very life and health. However, there is a considerable gap between receiving guidance and someone’s ability to reliably execute upon that guidance. Therefore, it became critical for my organization to enter the training space to bridge that gap, and as all things concerning the Organization, I lead from the front. It excites me to know that a single safety tip or strategy can be the tool in a someone’s personal toolbox that might one day save their life or help them avoid victimization.
Being prepared in a self-defense situation can make the difference between a safe getaway or an unthinkable outcome. We can't stress enough the importance of preparation and practice, and our user stories demonstrate how TASER devices allowed a safe escape from a scary situation.
Here’s a real-world story submitted to us from Kylie R., who was able to make a safe escape using a TASER Pulse+.
My husband purchased this [Pulse+ device] for me after a scary encounter one evening with my daughter at the park. We live in a pro 2nd state and we both usually carry. But my [sic] husband fights with "demons" from having shot an intruder at 2AM in our living room. The intruder passed away and my husband has struggled with it ever since. He is so persistent in letting me know he never wants me to feel [sic] that pain, and wanted to make sure I could easily protect myself and our daughter if something were to happen.
For many of us, the pandemic has only highlighted the importance of relationships and companionship. As you navigate the world of dating during the pandemic, here are ways to reduce your risk and stay safe while you search for meaningful connection.
Movies and TV shows have taught us that tucking your device straight into a pocket or waistband is the cool way to carry. It may look cool, but safety experts will tell you that, like many things in Hollywood, you should ignore the cool way to do something and use the safe way instead.
COVID-19 has upended all of our lives in some way or another. Shelter-in-place orders have created a lot of uncertainty, and being homebound is throwing a lot of old routines out the window.
But while today’s “new normal” looks a lot different than it did a few months ago, one thing hasn’t changed: the need to keep you and your family safe and healthy. And even though you’re stuck at home, there are plenty of things you can do to put a new spin on old habits and be prepared for when the world opens up once more.
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, but here at TASER Self-Defense, we urge everyone to be prepared no matter the time of year. Stay strong, think ahead and educate others on how to prevent violence.
Have you been in a situation that felt uncomfortable? Join the conversation, encourage others to be prepared, and share your story with us on Instagram or Facebook for a chance to win a StrikeLight device.
Follow us and comment on our post with your story using the hashtag #MyCloseCall to be eligible to enter to win a TASER Strikelight.
Contest ends on 4/26 at 11:59pm PST.
This season, home improvement series Military Makeover with Montel is helping the Middleton family turn their home into a place of healing after a year of adversity.
Tune in this Thursday to watch Dave Wright, US Army Veteran, founder of Wrights Gym/Krav Maga Pittsburgh, and TASER Senior Master Instructor, show the Military Makeover crew how the Pulse+ fits in to the family safety plan in the case of a home invasion.
Catch the episode airing on Friday 4/19 and Thursday, 4/25 on Lifetime Network at 7:30 AM ET/PT. Use the code MAKEOVER at checkout to save 20% off the Pulse+ and StrikeLight.
In order to function properly, TASER devices need their batteries replaced every couple of years--depending on use.