Support Groups

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 6-10 members and meet weekly for 8-12 weeks. Once they begin, groups are closed to new members.

If you are interested in joining a group, call our Help Line at 1-866-WE LISTEN or 919-967-7273. We can tell you about upcoming groups and give you information about the structure and format of groups. All our groups are free and confidential.

Upcoming Groups & Workshops:


Arts & Crafts Workshop for Survivors of Sexual Violence

When: Sunday, October 26
Time: 1-4pm
Where: OCRCC
Cost: FREE (all necessary tools and supplies provided)

Please join us for an arts and crafts self-care opportunity. The Center is offering this 3-hour workshop for adult survivors of sexual violence and abuse. Participants will have the opportunity to complete arts and crafts projects that promote self-care. People of all levels of artistic ability are welcome.

Pre-registration is required to attend this workshop. Space is limited. Please contact Programs Director Bethany Wichman-Buescher at or 919-968-4647 as soon as possible to register. Registration closes on Tuesday, October 21 or as space allows.


Support Group for Family Members, Partners, and Friends of Sexual Assault and Abuse Survivors

When: November 5, 12, and 19 and December 3, 2014 (We will NOT meet on Nov. 26)
Time: Wednesdays, 6-8pm
Where: OCRCC
Cost: FREE

The Orange County Rape Crisis Center is offering a support group for the adult parents, partners, family members, and friends of those who have been raped, sexually assaulted, and sexually abused. We will meet weekly on Wednesday evenings, 6:00 to 8:00pm, for 4 sessions beginning on November 5. This is an opportunity to learn, share, and gain support from others who have similar experiences.

Please note that pre-meetings with staff and group facilitators are required for participation. Please allow 3-4 weeks for this process prior to the start of group. For more information, please contact Programs Director Bethany Wichman-Buescher at 919-968-4647 or


Healing Through the Arts
A 5-Week Workshop for Survivors of Sexual Violence

When: Monday evenings, 6-8pm, November 10 – December 8
Where: Chapel Hill
Cost: Free (supplies provided)

This 5-week workshop will provide creative avenues of healing for adult, female survivors of sexual violence. This workshop creates a supportive environment for survivors to connect and share with others in the community who have had similar experiences. Each week, a project or activity will be provided, focusing on the theme of strength and resiliency. Participants will explore the ways in which sexual violence has impacted their lives through creative individual work, and then the group will come together for discussion. Potential projects include making masks, making mandalas, working with clay, and more. All levels of artistic skill are welcome, no experience needed.

Please note that pre-meetings are required for participation. For information and to register, please contact Programs Director Bethany Wichman-Buescher at 919-968-4647 or as soon as possible.

This workshop series is offered jointly by the Orange County Rape Crisis Center and Family Violence & Rape Crisis Services.



If the specific group you are interested in is not currently available, call us at 1-866-WE LISTEN 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.
  • 24-Hour Help Line:

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