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 email@example.com. 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-968-4647 for more info or to register.
Monthly Self-Care Workshops for Survivors
When: Every 3rd Sunday of the month
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 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