We believe that everyone deserves to feel safe regardless of ability to pay. IMPACT strives to make it possible for any woman or girl to attend one of our programs. We are able to work with you to create a plan that works for you. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to learn about our needs-based partial scholarship application / or payment plans.
How We Invest in Your Programs: Expenses for IMPACT programming include: Insurance; instructor salaries; equipment purchase, training, certifications and educational fees, maintenance and storage; space rental; printed materials; and associated registration costs. Donations of money, volunteer time and grant funding make it possible to keep individual tuition for “Own Your Own Safety” close to $400.00.
As IMPACT programming addresses not just individual responses, but places threat and fear in the context of violence. Programs are well researched and staffed by certified instructors who undergo a yearlong certification process.
Program fees vary depending on the number of participants, the length of the program, the number of instructors, desired outcomes, the space and equipment requirements, and other factors.
Employer Sponsorships: Some employers will sponsor their employees or reimburse them for taking an IMPACT self-defense program. If your company offers a tuition reimbursement program, check to see if an IMPACT program would be eligible.
When approaching your employer regarding this type of funding, here are some things to address:
- Self-Defense Training Increases Productivity – Self-defense training is an important benefit for female employees to enhance their job performance because self-defense training increases women’s confidence in decision-making, problem solving, and crisis management. (Ozer and Bandura 1990).
- Self-Defense Training Reduces Employees’ Risks of Violence – Women who have had self-defense training are less likely to experience sexual assault than women who have not had the training (Hollander 2014).
- Self-Defense Training Reduces Workers’ Turnover and Health Costs – Each rape costs approximately $151,423 and interferes with women’s ability to work (DeLisi, 2010; Lyron 2002). Fifty percent of sexual violence victims had to quit or were forced to leave their jobs in the year following their assaults due to the severity of their reactions (Ellis, Atkeson, & Calhoun, 1981). Violence and abuse constitute up to 37.5% of total health care costs, or up to $750 billion (Dolezal, McCollum, & Callahan, 2009).