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 self-care workshops that focus on a particular topic or activity.

Please note that all support groups require pre-meetings with facilitators. Our monthly self-care workshops do not require pre-meetings, but sign up is encouraged. If you are interested in joining a group or workshop, you can call our help line at 919-967-7273 or contact us at groups@ocrcc.org. We can tell you about upcoming opportunities and how they work.  Please note that all our groups and workshops are free and confidential.

OCRCC holds events in accessible buildings and is committed to disability access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation. We also offer childcare on request. To request accommodation or childcare, contact Gheisha Rosario-Diaz at least 7 days in advance at 919.968.4647/V, 919.338.0746/TTY, or gheisha@ocrcc.org.

Upcoming Support Groups & Workshops:


Fall Support Groups:

Rape and Sexual Assault Survivors Support Group
Tentatively Tuesdays, October 23-December 11, 6:30-8:30 pm at OCRCC 
This discussion-based group will give survivors of rape and sexual assault an opportunity to learn, share, and gain support from others with similar experiences of sexual violence. This group is open to all genders. Register by October 10.

Healthy Intimacy and Relationships Support Group
Mondays, October 22-December 10, 7-9 pm at OCRCC 
This support group will provide survivors with a safe place to discuss—and develop skills to navigate—sexuality and relationships. This group is open to all genders. There will not be a meeting for the week of Thanksgiving. Co-sponsored by the Compass CenterRegister by October 11.

LGBTQ Survivor Support Group
Mondays, November 7-December 19, 6:30-8:30 pm | at DCRC
This group, which is open to all genders, provides a safe space for LGBTQ survivors of domestic and sexual violence to discuss their experiences and gain support. This group is open to all genders. Co-sponsored by DCRC and the LGBTQ Center of DurhamRegister by November 1.

 


Self-Care Workshops:

Our self-care workshops focus 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. All workshops are free and held at the Center unless otherwise noted. Pre-screenings are not required for our workshops, but sign-up is encouraged.

Zine-making & Creative Writing 
Mondays, Sept 24-Oct 8, 7:15-8:15 pm | at the Hargraves Center | No screening required
This three workshop series is open to all survivors of sexual violence and those who support them, and attendees are welcome to attend one or more sessions, with no pre-screening required. In this workshop series, writers and zinesters, Heather and Mesha will facilitate writing exercises focused on coping and healing and lead attendees through the process of collaboratively creating a DIY publication (zine) out of the writings they create. The zine will be distributed at the Zine Machine Festival in Durham on Saturday, October 13.

If you would like to learn more about our support groups and self-care workshops, please contact our helpline at 919-967-7273 or contact us at groups@ocrcc.org 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 contact us at groups@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)