Support Groups

Safe Passage offers a variety of support groups at our office, in the community, and virtually for survivors who feel they can benefit from healing in community with other survivors.

Our support groups are designed to reduce isolation and build a sense of community and support for survivors. For many survivors, a support group may be the only place where they can share their stories, engage with others, and develop strategic solutions to their concerns in a supportive and non-judgmental environment. Others participate in a support group to complement the individual counseling they receive at Safe Passage. Our support groups are facilitated by staff counselors and are available to people of all genders.

Groups run with a minimum of three participants and a maximum of twelve. If a group is not currently running, we keep a waitlist of interested participants to contact when the group opens.

Current Support Groups

If you are interested in joining any of our support groups, please contact us at 413-586-5066

Monday through Friday 9am to 5pm. 

Apoyo de Inmigración para Sobrevivientes de Violencia Doméstica - en curso

Español

Los inmigrantes hispanohablantes sobrevivientes de violencia doméstica pueden asistir a este grupo seguro y confidencial para compartir sus historias, apoyarse mutuamente y recibir información y recursos de inmigración.

Este grupo está abierto a sobrevivientes de todos los géneros mayores de 18 años. Se proporcionan refrigerios y cuidado de niños.

Martes de 4:30p a 6:30p horas.

Dónde: Alianza Domestic Violence Service in Holyoke, MA.

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Immigration Support for Domestic Violence Survivors - Ongoing

Spanish

Spanish-speaking immigrant survivors of domestic violence can attend this safe, confidential group to share their stories, support each other, and receive immigration information and resources.

This group is open to survivors of all genders who are 18+. Snacks and childcare are provided.

Tuesdays from 4:30pm - 6:30pm.

Location: Alianza Domestic Violence Service in Holyoke, MA.

Support Groups LGBT Writing

LGBTQ+ Creative Writing

English

An expressive writing group where we will write as a way to heal and process our experiences. Each week group members will receive a writing prompt to explore and time to share if they choose. Participants will be provided with a notebook.

This group is open to survivors who identify as LGBTQ+ and are 18+.

Tuesdays

Location: This is a virtual support group held over zoom. Registered participants can access the group here.

If you are interested in joining any of our support groups, please contact us at 413-586-5066

Monday through Friday 9am to 5pm. 

Coming Soon

Foxes, Fairies, and Feelings

English

A therapeutic story and craft hour for survivors of domestic violence and their preschoolers.

This group is open to families who have preschool aged children.

Friday mornings beginning Fall 2024.

Location: In person at the Safe Passage office in Northampton, MA.

Support Groups Foxes Fairies and Feelings

Creative Arts Group - 8 Weeks

English

This group offers art activities to reduce stress and use our creativity towards healing.

This group is open to survivors of all genders who are 18+.

Beginning Fall 2024.

Location: This is a virtual group held over zoom.

Below are groups Safe Passage has run in the past and may run again in the future.

General Domestic Violence Support Group - Ongoing

English

An opportunity for survivors of domestic violence to share their stories, support each other, and develop safe tools and coping skills.

This group is open to survivors of all genders who are 18+.

Location: This is a virtual group held over zoom.

Our Stories/Nuestras Historias - 8 Weeks

Español 

Este programa es para que los sobrevivientes de violencia doméstica de habla hispana discutan temas de interés en la comunidad latina mientras utilizan el arte y las actividades curativas. Este grupo se llevará a cabo en español.

Este grupo es para sobrevivientes de violencia doméstica mayores de 18 años. El grupo se ofrecerá en español.

Dónde: En persona en las oficinas de Safe Passage.

Our Stories/Nuestras Historias - 8 Weeks

Spanish

This program is for Spanish speaking survivors of domestic violence to discuss topics of interest in the Latinx community while using art and healing activities. This group will be conducted in Spanish.

This group is open to survivors of all genders who are 18+.

Location: In person at the Safe Passage office in Northampton, MA.

Parenting Journey - 10 Weeks

English or Spanish

Together, group members take a journey into what it means to be a parent, how to nurture themselves, and how best to be a resource for their children.

This group is open to all survivors of domestic violence ages 18+ who are also parents/guardians.

Location: In person at the Safe Passage office in Northampton, MA.

 

Parenting Journey - 10 Weeks

Inglés o Español

Juntos, los miembros del grupo emprenden un viaje sobre lo que significa ser padre, cómo cuidarse a sí mismos y cuál es la mejor manera de ser un recurso para sus hijos.

Este grupo está abierto a todos los sobrevivientes de violencia doméstica mayores de 18 años y también a padres/tutores.

Dónde: En persona en las oficinas de Safe Passage.

Teen Creative Arts - 4 Weeks

English

A therapeutic arts group for teens who are survivors of or have been exposed to relationship abuse and intimate partner violence.

This group is open to survivors with adult guardian consent who are 14-16.

Location: This support group will be held in person at Safe Passage.

“I’d always been an independent, resourceful person. After I came to Safe Passage, I said, ‘Oh my gosh. He’s been so controlling the whole time we’ve been married.’ The other women in the support group really helped me understand.”

— Support Group Participant

We're Here for Everyone

Safe Passage advocates work towards safety, healing, and justice for our entire community. We are here for everyone who has experienced domestic violence or relationship abuse.

LGBTQ+ survivors

We know that domestic violence happens to people of all genders and sexual orientations. We are committed to the inclusion of LGBTQ+ people in all aspects of our services. Our support groups and individual counseling are open to people of all genders.

Children

Safe Passage is here for children who have witnessed domestic violence or experienced abuse, and their supportive adults.

Rural survivors

Through a partnership with the Hilltown Community Health Centers, Safe Passage meets survivors in the rural hilltowns of Hampshire and Hampden counties.  We can come to you.

Latinx survivors

Se Habla Español.  Safe Passage ofrece sus servicios en Inglés y Español, en nuestra oficina de Northampton y en  localidades en nuestra comunidad.

We offer services in English and Spanish, at our office in Northampton and in locations throughout the community.

Survivors with disabilities

Our office is fully accessible to people with disabilities. Our counselor/advocates can help with medical and disability-related concerns.

Immigrants

Immigrants and refugees are welcome here.  We will not ask for any documents. We will keep your story confidential.  We can provide services in many languages. We're here to help.

Las personas inmigrantes y refugiados son bienvenidos a Safe Passage.  No pedimos documentación. Sus historias son confidenciales. Proveemos servicios en varios idiomas. Estamos aqui para ayudarles.

Other ways we can help

Counseling

Safe Passage offers a variety of support groups for survivors who want to share their experiences with others. Our support groups are facilitated by staff counselors.

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Legal Services

Legal issues are often key to a family's ability to be safe and build a new life. Our Legal Program provides legal advice and representation to survivors of domestic violence with cases in Probate and Family Court.

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Children's Services

Our counselors provide a safe and supportive place for you to talk and be heard, whether you need to prepare for a court appearance or develop a safety plan, tell your story of abuse, or need help solving a problem.

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