Support Groups & Workshops

Many survivors feel like they don’t have anyone to talk to about their experiences with sexual violence. Support groups offer a safe space to talk to people with similar experiences. Our groups give survivors the opportunity to support and encourage each other.

We offer discussion-based groups and activity-focused groups. Each group is led by two trained facilitators who have experience working with survivors of sexual violence. Most groups have only 5-10 members and meet weekly for 8-12 weeks. Once they begin, groups are closed to new members. We also offer short-term workshops that focus on a particular topic or activity.

Please note that all groups require pre-meetings with facilitators. Our monthly workshops do not require pre-meetings. If you are interested in joining a group or workshop, you can call our help line at 919-967-7273 or contact our Support Group Coordinator, Anole Halper, at We can tell you about upcoming opportunities and how they work. All our groups and workshops are free and confidential.

Upcoming Groups & Workshops:

Summer 2018 Support Groups: 
Healthy Relationships, Intimacy, and Sexuality
Thursday, May 17 – July 5  from 7-9 pm
This support group will provide survivors with a safe place to discuss—and develop skills to navigate—sexuality and relationships.

Upcoming Fall Support Groups:

Circle of Sisters: Healing for Survivors of Color (September)
Circle of Sisters is a culturally specific group where participants will learn, share, and gain support from others in a confidential and culturally-sensitive space. This group is open to women who identify as Black or African American and will be facilitated by two African American, female facilitators.

Monthly Self-Care Workshops

When: Every 3rd Sunday of the month (unless otherwise listed)
Time: 2-4pm
Where: OCRCC
Cost: Free

Each month focuses on a different tool for self-care or self-exploration to help you on your healing journey. The goal of these workshops is to provide an opportunity to learn and practice self-care skills together. Primary and secondary survivors of all genders are welcome to attend. Please contact our Support Group Coordinator, Anole Halper, at or 919-968-4647 for more info.

  • May 20 | Tie Dye and Glitter Jars

Sometimes self-care meaning getting your hands dirty! At this workshop, we will tie dye t-shirts and make self-care glitter jars to tap into the healing power of color and self-expression.

  • June 15 | Zine-Making Workshop (Friday, from 7-9pm)

In this workshop, we’ll work together to create a zine about healing that will be sold or given away at Durham Zine Fest! A zine is a DIY, photocopied publication anyone can make!

  • June 17 | Letter-Writing to Incarcerated Survivors

Survivors of sexual violence are disproportionately incarcerated. Build connection through the bars by writing letters and creating crafts to send to incarcerated survivors.

  • July 22 | A Visit with Therapy Animals

In this bilingual workshop, UNC PAWS will bring their therapy dogs for an afternoon of healing through ear scratches, belly rubs, and tail-wagging fun.

Please contact our Support Group Coordinator, Anole Halper, at or 919-968-4647 for more info or to sign up.

If a specific group that interests you is not currently available, please contact us at 866-WE LISTEN or for information about other options:

  • Notification by mail, email, or phone of the next available group
  • Information about groups and therapy available in the community
  • One-on-one support services

Examples of groups we regularly offer:

  • Groups for adult survivors of rape or sexual assault
  • Groups for adult survivors of child sexual abuse or incest
  • Groups for male survivors of sexual violence
  • Groups for LGBTQ survivors of sexual violence
  • Workshops for family members, partners, and friends of survivors
  • Groups and workshops that use arts and crafts
  • Groups and workshops that focus on movement, yoga, dance, and/or the mind-body connection
  • 24-Hour Help Line:

    • 866-WE-LISTEN (866-935-4783)
    • 919-967-7273 (Local)
    • 919-338-0746 (TTY)