Support Groups for Women, Men and Children


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Domestic Abuse Survivor Support Group for Women

Are you a woman who is currently experiencing or has previously experienced domestic abuse?

The Office for Women & Domestic and Sexual Violence Services offers a free, confidential support group for adult women who are currently experiencing or have previously experienced domestic abuse (physical, emotional, or verbal).

The group promotes understanding and healing from abuse trauma and builds a sense of community with other survivors.

 

Dates & Times:

Wednesdays
6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
(eight sessions)

Location:

Annandale area

For information contact:

Ariana Prawda
703-704-6719;
TTY 703-324-5706

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Women's Sexual Assault Survivors Group

The Office for Women & Domestic and Sexual Violence Services offers a free, confidential support group for adult women who have experienced sexual or domestic violence.

The group will help survivors learn:

  • Specific strategies for coping with trauma
  • How to move forward with what is important in your life

 

Dates & Times:

Wednesdays
6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
(eight sessions)

Location:

Annandale area

For information contact:

Gretchen Fair
703-704-6717;
TTY 703-324-5706

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Children Matter!

A Group for Children Who Have Witnessed Violence

The Office for Women & Domestic and Sexual Violence Services is offering a free, confidential support group for school-aged children (ages 5-15) who have witnessed or experienced domestic violence.

This group takes place at the same time and place as the women’s support group. Both groups run for eight weeks. These adjunct groups are intended to help women and children who are currently experiencing or have previously experienced domestic abuse (physical, emotional, or verbal).

Through art, play, and other therapeutic techniques the children will learn about:

  • Safe and healthy relationships
  • Dealing with their negative emotions
  • Problem solving without using violence

 

Dates & Times:

Wednesdays
6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
(eight sessions)

Location:

Annandale area

For information contact:

Salima Jiwa
703-324-2395;
TTY 703-324-5706

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Families Matter!

Joint Support Groups for Women and School-Aged Children

About the Support Groups

The Office for Women & Domestic and Sexual Violence Services now offers collaborative and confidential support groups for women and their children ages 7-15 who have witnessed or experienced domestic violence. Women (with or without children) are welcome to attend the women’s group.

The support groups are intended to help women and children understand the elements of healthy relationships, process their experiences, and develop effective communication skills that will enhance their relationships.

How It Works

  • Groups will meet for 8 weeks in adjacent rooms.
  • Each week, the groups will be introduced to the same topic on living with domestic violence, participate in facilitated discussions, and complete hands-on activities.
  • Mothers and children will come together at the end of each session to share what they have learned.

 

Dates & Times:

Wednesdays
6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Location:

Reston area

For information contact:

Salima Jiwa
703-324-2395;
TTY 703-324-5706

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Men's Survivors' Group

A support group for men who were sexually abused as children

1 in 6 men is sexually abused before age 18!

When no one talks about this, men feel ashamed and confused.

  • Men heal from childhood sexual abuse by first finding the strength to break the silence and secrecy that abusers created to hurt them.
  • Men can help each other stop blaming themselves and reclaim their lives and masculinity.
  • You’re not ill—not broken!
  • You can feel whole and joyful!

This is a free and confidential drop-in group.

No pre-registration required.

 

Dates & Times:

The 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month
7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Location:

Pohick Regional Library
(private conference room)
6450 Sydenstricker Road
Burke, VA 22015

For information contact:

Chris Davies
703-704-6727;
TTY 703-324-5706

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The Office for Women & Domestic and Sexual Violence Services serves residents of Fairfax County and the Cities of Fairfax and Falls Church.

All services are confidential, free, and provided regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, religion or sexual orientation.

For information on how to reach these locations using public transportation, visit Fairfax Connector 703-339-7871; TTY 711 or Metro 202-637-7000; TTY 202-638-3780.


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