A support group is where people who have shared similar experiences can learn from one another in a safe, judgment-free space. Sharing your experiences with others can reduce feelings of isolation and can help survivors feel supported and empowered on their path to healing. Support groups are a way for survivors and their families to have a safe place where they can experience positive peer interaction, support, education, and share experiences and feelings as they feel comfortable. Gathering with other survivors to talk and explore new skills that support the process of healing from violence can be very empowering. Many times, group members report feeling “less alone” and more “normal” after attending group sessions. Support group sessions are also a place where one can learn about the effects of domestic violence, sexual abuse, healthy vs. unhealthy coping mechanisms, shame, anger, blame, grief, and more.
VIP's support groups run throughout the year and vary in structure and content based on client needs and staff availability. Please call 920-487-2111 to speak with an advocate about joining group.
Women's Empowerment Group:
This group is open for any woman who has been impacted by domestic violence and/or sexual assault during their lifetime. Topics include self-esteem, healthy relationships, boundaries, coping skills and more. Transportation and childcare is available. This group is currently being held every other Tuesday evening. Call VIP at (920) 487-2111 or contact us to learn more!
Sexual Assault Support Group:
VIP can provide a confidential support group, free of charge, for teens or adult victims who have experienced past or present issues of sexual assault or abuse. Recovering from sexual assault or abuse is a process, and that process looks different for everyone. It may take weeks, months, or years: there’s no timetable for healing. If you are interested, please call VIP at (920) 487-2111 or contact us to learn more!
Children's Support Group:
In conjunction with the women’s empowerment group, the youth group gives children who have witnessed or lived with domestic violence an opportunity to feel safe and share their experiences with other children who may have been in similar situations. In our youth group, we discuss the different issues that surround the violence in their lives. We talk about what a safety plan is and how it can be utilized if needed. Each child would have their own safety plan that best fits them. We also work on problem solving skills, how to boost self-esteem, healthy communication skills, positive ways to cope with stress and many more topics. Children of all ages are welcome. Please call 920-487-2111 to talk to an advocate if you are attending Women's group and have a younger child who needs childcare during group time.