Support groups offer a powerful and unique form of healing for survivors of sexual violence. Hearing other survivors speak and receiving peer level support provides a different form of healing than therapy or advocacy can provide. The resources below will help your program create sexual assault specific support groups for rural survivors in your area.
The Power of Social Connection: Developing and Coordinating Sustainable Support Group Programs for Survivors of Sexual Violence, North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault
The Power of Social Connection is a support group manual and training program that helps programs serving sexual assault survivors learn how to create, improve, and manage support group programs.
Peer Support Guide, Male Survivor
This guide is for those interested in creating peer support groups specifically for men. It is for those interested in starting a new group, or for an ongoing group looking for different ideas, or for those who want additional information on peer groups in general.
How to Start and Facilitate a Support Group for Victims of Stalking, Stalking Resource Center
A guide, for victim service providers, volunteers, and other concerned community members on how to initiate and run a stalking support group in their agency or community. The guide includes information about designing a support group for stalking victims, recommendations for group membership, tips for facilitators, a sample curriculum, and much more.
Getting Safe and Sober: Real Tools You Can Use, Alaska Network to End Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
The primary goal of this support group manual is to help advocates and providers better meet the safety needs of battered women and survivors of sexual assault who are impacted by their own or another’s substance use, misuse or addiction. Getting Safe and Sober is a practical tool kit for use with folks who have substance abuse or chemical dependence problems and who are, or have been, victims of domestic violence, sexual assault or sexual abuse.
Circle of Hope, Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs
This support group curriculum is considered a basic support group guide and has been written with beginner facilitators in mind and offers the reader some practical guidance and recommendations for both the facilitation and design of psychoeducational support groups. Much of the information presented here has been gathered from existing research and literature as it pertains to groups, from the OCVA support group standards, as well as from the experiences of those who assisted with the writing of this manual. It is recognized that those who have been doing this work for a while bring their own expertise and we therefore encourage you to pair your own wisdom and experience with the information presented here.
Teen Support Group Guide, Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs
This guide expands upon the Circle of Hope curriculum within the specific context of groups for teen sexual abuse and assault survivors, and is intended to be used in conjunction with it. In this guide are extensive practical considerations for working with teens that will inform your use of the eight-week sample curriculum.
Latin@ Support Group Guide, Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs
The Circle of Hope Latin@ Support Group Guide is intended to provide a basic outline for support group facilitators that are seeking to establish or enhance sexual assault support groups for adult Latin@ survivors. Recognizing the expertise current facilitators have working with Latin@ survivors and also acknowledging the need for new facilitators to obtain a basic foundation to build upon, this guide provides generalized guidelines for structuring, marketing, and facilitating support groups. This provides Latin@ survivors a safe environment in which they are able to share and receive support around experiences with sexual violence.
Parent Support Group Guide, Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs
This Guide expands upon Circle of Hope within the specific context of groups for non-offending parents and is intended to be used in conjunction with it. Parent support groups can be remarkable tools for supporting a family's recovery from the trauma of sexual abuse. We respect the people who run parent groups, as well as the parents who have the courage to participate. Facilitating these groups is rewarding but challenging. This guide offers information about parents' needs, ideas on how to form and sustain a support group, a suggested curriculum, and abundant resources.
IPSV Support Group Guide: A Guide to Psychoeducational Support Groups for Survivors of Intimate Partner Sexual Violence, Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs
This guide is a supplement to the Circle of Hope curriculum. The goal of this supplemental guide is to encourage support groups where survivors of intimate partner sexual violence can feel welcomed, included, and supported.
Sexual assault support groups can be one of the hardest services to establish at rural dual/multi-services agencies. This webinar focuses on practical tips on publicity, developing your support group, encouraging continued participation, and overcoming the challenges in implementing groups within rural communities.
Sexual assault survivors derive many benefits from participating in support groups. Unfortunately, current widespread practices of holding only single-gender support groups deprive many transgender, non-binary, and male survivors of opportunities to benefit from these core services. FORGE surveyed and interviewed dozens of facilitators to identify concerns about all-gender groups and, most importantly, how experienced facilitators have effectively countered them. This webinar highlights this invaluable expertise so that more advocates can be part of the solution, extending support group services to many more survivors.