If you are in immediate physical danger, please call 911.

Support Groups

Safe Passage offers a variety of support groups at our office and in the community for survivors who feel they can benefit from sharing their experiences with others.

Our group counseling is designed to break the 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 ten. 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. 

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+.

Thursdays from 10-11:30am.

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

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.

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

Location: Offered at The Bridge Family Resource Center, Amherst, MA.

Parenting Journey - 10 Weeks (English)

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 also parents/guardians.

Mondays from 10am - 12pm beginning October 17th.

Location: In person at the Safe Passage office in Northampton, MA. (Masks are strongly encouraged.)

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.

Únase a nosotros durante 8 semanas a partir del 20 de octubre de 2022 para discutir temas de interés en la comunidad Latinx mientras usamos arte y actividades que sanan el corazón.

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

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

Thursdays from 10am - 11:30am beginning October 20th.

Jueves de 10 a 11:30 AM, empezando en octubre 20.

Location: In person at the Safe Passage office in Northampton, MA. (Masks are strongly encouraged.)

Dónde: En persona en las oficinas de Safe Passage. Se recomiendan cubrebocas.

Creative Arts and Movement Group - 8 Weeks (English)

This group offers art activities and simple moving and breathing exercises to reduce stress and use our creativity towards healing.

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

Fridays from 10am - 12pm beginning October 21st.

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

LGBTQ+ Journaling & Healing - 8 weeks (English)

An expressive writing group where we will journal 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+.

Thursdays from 11am - 12:30pm beginning October 27th.

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

What you need to know

Helpline responders are available to provide support and information at (413) 586-5066.


Would you benefit from on-going counseling and support? Call our helpline 9am-5pm, Monday through Friday, to make an appointment with one of our counselors: (413) 586-5066.

“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 shelter is open to people of all genders, as are our support groups and individual counseling.

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 and shelter are 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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