Women seeking self-defense classes

LAS VEGAS - An apparent increase in violence against women is forcing some to take matters into their own hands.

Just this weekend, police shot and killed a man who they say shot a woman during a domestic dispute. And Friday, a woman who was allegedly strangled by her estranged boyfriend weeks before died in the hospital from her injuries.

Self-defense classes have been around for years but demand among women appears to be growing. 8 News NOW spoke to the owner of Campbell Defense Academy and she says she is busier than ever.

Among the many courses, she teaches her clients how and when to use firearms. Gun instructor Allison Campbell uses her skills to teach women how to protect themselves. Her students include single mothers, women living alone and victims of domestic violence.

"I ended up getting a skull fracture that will never heal," Campbell said.

Her own experience in an abusive relationship encouraged her to start the Campbell Defense Academy offering a combination of self-defense techniques and firearm training.

"There's been an influx of crime and attacks especially against women lately," Campbell said.

It's the same influx Campbell believes is growing her business.

"So, these women, thank goodness, they're starting to contact me and say, 'Hey you know, this is what just happened to me. What can you do? What can you teach me?'"

According the a 2016 report by the Nevada Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence. Organizations made contact with more than 64,000 victims.

That's a slight increase compare to the year before. However, only a small percentage ever reached out to police.

"Many victims of violence will either deal with the 'well, he said he was sorry,'" Campbell said.

Crimes against women are not always domestic-related. Metro Police are warning the public of a crime trend targeting women drivers.

The Enterprise Area Command put out an alert notice saying criminals are asking women to pull over by telling them they have a flat tire or there is another issue their their car.

Once the criminal distracts their victim, an accomplice steals items from the victim's car.

"Because of this dangerous trend, all I can say is please be vigilant, make sure to check behind you, be aware of your surroundings," Campbell said.

She hopes to teach more and more women how to prevent becoming another statistic.

Campbell offers free classes to victims of domestic violence.

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