For women survivors who would like to meet other survivors in a safe, confidential and caring environment.
Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland will be running a group work programme in 2017, for any woman living, working or studying in Tyneside and Northumberland. All groups are for women, aged 16 and over, who have experienced sexual violence at any time in their lives.
The groups offer you the opportunity to come together in a women-only safe space to:
- Explore how society’s attitude towards sexual violence has affected you
- Learn and practise positive coping strategies
- Identify and develop positive future goals and steps towards these
- Increase your peer support network
There will be a series of eight weekly sessions for each group. Sessions will start in the late afternoon. These are not therapeutic groups and any sharing of personal information will be led by each individual group member.
“The group has allowed me to share things I have previously kept a secret.” Group Member
Each woman will have a one-to-one meeting before the group to talk about the content of the group and any barriers she has to accessing the group.
Refreshments will be available and you are welcome to bring something to eat during the break if you wish.
Travel expenses and financial help towards childcare can be provided if needed.
Ongoing Peer Group for Survivors
RCTN also facilitates a once monthly Ongoing Peer Group for Survivors, running on the 1st Tuesday of every month. This group is an informal space lasting 1 ½ hours and is open to any woman who has completed a Group Work Program with RCTN.
To express an interest in group work or the Ongoing group, please contact us: if you get a recorded message, leave a clear message with your name and number and we will contact you as soon as possible. We will never leave a voice message on your phone unless you give your permission. We will always be discreet when returning your call.
“I’ve not always been very good at self-care, and I am finding the way the group supports me in paying attention to that very helpful.” Group Member