Self-defense workshop for women to be held in Westborough

Vanessa Marcotte
photo/Vanessa T. Marcotte Foundation

Westborough – The office of Worcester County Sheriff Lew Evangelidis and the Vanessa T. Marcotte Foundation have announced they have formed a partnership to hold self-defense workshops for women.

A workshop will be held Tuesday, Jan. 22 at the Boroughs Family Branch – YMCA of Massachusetts, 4 Valente Drive, Westborough.

During this active participatory workshop, women will practice realistic self-defense tactics. They will also learn situational awareness and how to handle a confrontation both verbally and mentally.

All participants must be 18+ and sign a waiver. Registration is at 5:45 p.m. and the program begins promptly at 6 p.m. The registration fee is $15 per person and attendees will receive a complimentary t-shirt.

To sign up visit

For more information email [email protected].

Vanessa Marcotte was a 27-year-old American woman who, while jogging on a rural road in Princeton, Mass. in August of 2017, was assaulted and murdered. The foundation was set up by her family and friends as a way to partner with organizations, such as the sheriff’s office, to provide educational programs and mentorship opportunities to promote female empowerment and gender equality.

For more information on the foundation visit