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  anole@ocrcc.org. 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  anole@ocrcc.org 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  anole@ocrcc.org 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 anole@ocrcc.org 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)