Welcome to our Peer Support Group
Rebuilding community and overcoming isolation, after abuse
Our group is an opportunity for female-identified survivors of abuse to come together to support each other in overcoming barriers that emerge as a result of trauma.
The first half of our time is spent with our facilitators offering some practical skill-building material around such topics as boundaries, overcoming triggers, dealing with anger, the neurobiology of trauma, grounding tools, self-care, and more.
The second half of our group is peer-led, with our members offering experiences, questions, or insights based on the topic of the day. Our discussions are deep and enriching and offer value to new and more advanced members alike.
Our group meets on Thursdays from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm over a 9-week period. Members are welcome to continue attending after the initial 9 weeks for as long as they like.
You do not have to be a current client of IWAV to attend. Historical abuse survivors are welcome.
Our conversations can be triggering, so this group is not suited for those who are in active crisis. If you need support and are in an actively abusive situation, please reach out.
This peer group is designed to provide a supportive environment for women, or those who identify as women, who have experienced abuse. This can be psychological, sexual, verbal, financial, or any other means of abuse of power.
Although we encourage group participation, at no point will anyone be forced to share their experiences. We’ll work towards creating a safe space as individuals within the group, and we won’t break into smaller groups/pairs at any point. All participants can choose to “pass” on any conversation or activity should they choose to do so.
This 9-week program will host a variety of activities, practical skills building, and trauma resilience workshops. We also hope to foster an environment where friendships will grow. We will always have two facilitators in the case that extra support is needed when covering sensitive or triggering topics.
By filling out this application form, I agree to keep the information shared within this group, confidential.
I understand that living on a small island, I will be privy to private information about our community members and peers, and I agree that I will not discuss these private matters with anyone outside of this peer group.
Any breach of confidentiality can result in my participation in the group being terminated.
I understand that if there is something that is disclosed in the group that I feel I must report, I will bring this to the group facilitators before reaching out to a governing authority. A mandatory breach of confidentiality would be when a child is at risk of harm or neglect, or they are at risk of hurting themselves or someone else, or if they are at risk of imminent danger.
Issues regarding the safety of children or the general public are the only reasons to violate the privacy agreement of the group. I agree that I will not make this decision on my own and will use the expertise of the IWAV staff to figure out the best way to proceed.