As well as using our one-to-one services you may like to join one of our support groups or therapy groups. People who have come to our groups say that it can be life-changing to hear the stories of others and share similar thoughts and feelings. Groups are a good way to help you share the way you feel with others who have experienced similar issues. Groups help you relate to others, can provide mutual encouragement and reduce the feelings of isolation often experience by survivors.
Groups are available for women, men, young people, partners and carers and are available throughout Warwickshire and surrounding areas. The groups run in blocks of twelve sessions usually with a break for main holiday periods.
Each group is run by two experienced facilicators. You can talk to the facilitators before the group begins and they will explain what goes on and answer any of your questions or concerns.
On the first session, you will be invited as a member of the group to agree boundaries to ensure the smooth running of the group and to keep yourself and others safe. In the following weeks you will cover topics such as how to create your own support system, developing coping strategies, how to respond to crisis and how to ask for help.
Each member is equal and valued. Being in control of your recovery can be scary at first, you can join in at your own pace without pressure, there’s no rush.
Examples of groups on offer are:
Survivors group – a place for survivors to speak openly and support each other. The group is facilitated by experienced Safeline staff.
Friends and Family ‘Supporters Group’ – this is open to anyone who is involved in the wider support network for a survivor of sexual abuse. The group is facilitated by experienced Safeline staff and offers a gentle blend of peer support, guidance, strategies and a safe place to be to express feelings, worries and concerns.
Still not sure? Contact us to have a chat about what it is like to join a support group.
Support for family and friends
When someone close to us has been sexually abused, whether it happened a long time ago or more recently, for affected family it can feel frightening and overwhelming. As people that care deeply about the pain our loved one is going through, we might feel helpless and worried about doing or saying the wrong thing. This can make what is already a tense and difficult time even more complicated. At Safeline we offer a range of support options for ‘affected others,’ whether they are parents of children and young people, partners, siblings, extended family or friends.
Services we offer
Counselling – Coming to counselling gives you a private and confidential space where you can talk to someone you can trust about your reactions, your thoughts, your feelings and your experiences. ‘Affected others’ who use our counselling services often say that it has helped them to talk to someone outside the situation, that it gives them a fresh perspective on the situation and gives them time to address their own feelings.
Support group – Our Friends and Family ‘Supporters Group’ is open to anyone who is involved in the wider support network for a survivor of sexual abuse. The group is facilitated by experienced Safeline staff and offers a gentle blend of peer support, guidance, strategies and a safe place to be to express feelings, worries and concerns.