Vigilance: The Savvy Woman’s Guide to Personal Safety, Self-Protection Measures, and Countermeasures empowers women to develop the situational awareness and warrior mindset to avoid being victimized – and urges them to model safe behavior and pass it along to loved ones. It unpacks the emotional, mental and physical preparation critical to dissuading predators, and offers self-defense strategies to fend them off should they attack.

You’ll learn how to layer your self-protection measures and apply them to everyday situations, from air travel to riding in an Uber, from choosing a seat in a restaurant to checking into a hotel. You’ll discover practical safety tips on walking with purpose and confidence, visualizing and rehearsing a crisis response well before a crisis occurs and, yes, understanding how to be a hostage who makes it out alive.

Your guides include many top law-enforcement, self-defense and counter-terrorism officials who shared their experience and expertise with me to help you along this journey to Prepare, Prevent and Protect.