For many survivors, support groups provide a safe, nurturing space for healing from the numerous effects of domestic violence. Support Groups at W.O.M.A.N., Inc., facilitated by Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) trainees/interns or volunteers, offer survivors an opportunity to share their experiences with peers and gain knowledge and important tools that will help them lead violence-free lives. The group setting at W.O.M.A.N., Inc. is specifically structured to provide a safe, nonjudgmental space for healing, learning, and growth. This type of sharing helps survivors break the cycle of silence and shame that so often accompany abuse.
During the course of the group, the participants:
- learn about the dynamics of domestic violence and its effects
- experience the support of peers and the resulting sense of community
- learn new skills and resources in order to move forward and make healthier choices
- experience a sense of empowerment, hopefulness, and improved self-esteem
In addition to facilitating the sharing of experiences, our support groups incorporate creative art projects. Many survivors have relayed their gratitude for the inspiration and strength they have gained from their participation in the group process. W.O.M.A.N., Inc. currently offers groups in both Spanish and English. The meetings are weekly.
For more information on support groups, please call our 24/7 Support Line at (415) 864-4722.