The Hattiesburg Police Dept. is reaching out to women to help them be more prepared to protect themselves if they are ever attacked.
Saturday, officers hosted a Women Awareness and Response (W.A.R.) course at the Hattiesburg Police and Fire Training Academy.
The free class taught basic self-defense and situational awareness skills. It was offered as part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
The goal was to encourage women to be more aware of their surroundings and to be prepared in case they have to defend themselves. And instructors stressed the importance of never giving up if attacked.
"If you're down or have broken bones or are severely injured, never give up," said Lt. Latosha Myers-Mitchell of the Hattiesburg Police Dept., who was lead instructor for the course.
"As long as you're breathing, you're living and you can get away, so never give up," she said. About 15 women and men attended the class.