When it comes to personal safety, the more informed you are the better prepared you'll be to handle a potentially dangerous situation.

From 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, an officer from the Illinois State Police will conduct a free self-defense seminar for women at the Irving Park YMCA, 4251 W. Irving Park Road.

The interactive workshop will present a number of handy self-defense techniques, as well as discuss ways to protect yourself against assailants.

The seminar is sponsored by State Rep. Jaime Andrade (D-40th).