In Chattanooga, the Shooter's Depot offers a great Defensive Divas class, which is a 5 week class. The next class starts on October 1st and and lasts from 5:30 to 7:30PM, but having taken the course myself, I can warn you that you will often go over, maybe until 8PM, because there is a lot of material to cover.
One of the most important ways to protect yourself is to always be vigilant. When you are outside doing things, whether it is grocery shopping or walking, don't be on your cell phone or listening to an IPOD. Pay attention to what is going on around you. I had something happen to me today that reminded me to pay attention.
I was about to go into an appointment and was talking to someone on the telephone and did not notice a man approach me. He was probably about 6 feet away and asked for a couple of dollars for cigarettes. It disturbed me that he snuck up on me like that. It reminded me that I cannot be standing outside my car, distracted by other stuff. It is really not that smart to be doing things in your car without making sure your doors are locked and continuing to pay attention to what is going on around you.
I encourage all women in the Chattanooga area to take the Defensive Divas class at Shooter's Depot. Officers Zirk and Atwell are a great team and they make it fun. I will always remember to "relax and move my J-Lo."