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.

If you are interested in joining a group or workshop, call our help line at 866-WE LISTEN or 919-967-7273 or email us at We can tell you about upcoming opportunities and how they work. All our groups and workshops are free and confidential.

Upcoming Groups & Workshops:


Support Group for LGBTQ Survivors of Sexual Violence

When: Wednesdays in July & August 2016 (exact dates/times TBD)
Where: LGBTQ Center of Durham
Cost: FREE

The Center of offering a support group for adult LGBTQ+ survivors of sexual assault and abuse. This group is an opportunity to learn, share, and gain support from others with similar experiences of sexual violence in a safe and affirming space. This is a group for people of all gender identities and expressions.

Please note that advance meetings with staff and group facilitators are required for participation. Pre-meetings are happening now. Contact Client Services Director Bethany Wichman-Buescher at or 919-968-4647 for more info or to register.

Monthly Self-Care Workshops for Survivors

When: Every 3rd Sunday of the month
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. Survivors of all genders are welcome to attend.

Summer 2016 Workshop Schedule:

June 26 (Date changed!)  |  Empowerment Through Coloring

Join us for an afternoon for coloring! It’s not just an activity for children. Coloring can help you de-stress, ground, and express yourself. We will use coloring sheets that incorporate inspiring, motivational, and empowering phrases for survivors. So whether you’re already using coloring for self-care or whether it’s new to you, this will be a great opportunity to intentionally set aside time for self-care. All materials will be provided.

Pre-registration is required for each workshop. Space is limited. Please contact Client Services Director Bethany Wichman-Buescher at or 919-968-4647 for more info or to register.

If the specific group you are interested in is not currently available, please call us at 866-WE LISTEN or email 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 survivors of incest or child sexual abuse
  • Groups for male survivors of sexual violence
  • Groups for survivors of rape or sexual assault
  • Groups for LGBTQ survivors
  • Workshops for family members, partners, and friends of sexual violence survivors
  • “Healing with Nature” group that utilizes horticultural therapy techniques
  • 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)