Published: Sep 18, 2012 5:04 PM EDT
Updated: Sep 18, 2012 6:49 PM EDT

ESTERO, Fla.- A Southwest Florida business is taking aim at abusive men. On-Sight Tactical Training Institute in Estero is offering free weapons classes to women with a restraining order in place.

"It's hard to function. To get up to go to work. To worry. Because he could do anything he wants to me," one domestic violence survivor told us.

Her restraining order was renewed this week against a violent boyfriend.

"Never having been through anything like this, I didn't know the first thing about protecting myself and what steps I needed to do. All I knew was that I was scared out of my mind," she said.

She turned to the right man.  Keith Hanson is a former law enforcement officer who operates On-sight Tactical Training Institute in Estero. He's seen the cycle of violence.

"Everybody has a God-given gift of life and you have the right to defend yourself from another person's unlawful use of force or threatened use of force against you," said Hanson.

He's offering free weapons training courses to any woman with a current protection order in place. Normally, it would cost more than $100 for the five hour course.

"If we can alleviate some of that burden for somebody who truly needs it, then it's a worthwhile investment for us," he said.