Group Work

Our groups are open to women aged 16 and over who have experienced sexual violence at any time in their lives and who live, work or study in Tyneside and Northumberland.

So we can support you safely and inline with government guidelines relating to Covid-19 we are not holding face-to-face groups at the moment.  You can still refer for our usual groups and you will be contacted by the group worker with more information.  In the meantime, we are holding  Online Survivors Self-Care Groups, more information below.

Online Survivors Self-Care Group

We are now running an Online Survivors Self-Care Group.  The group is held in our online secure room. It has been developed in response to our face-to-face groups being postponed until it is safe to run them following Covid-19 government guidelines.

This online group offers mindfulness, writing for health and peer support for women survivors of sexual violence, aged 16+.  After completing this group you will be welcome to join our monthly support group (also currently being held online). The Online Survivors Self-Care Group is an additional service and does not replace any of our other groups.


Our core groups run for eight weeks and are a women-only safe space, where you can: Explore how society’s attitudes towards sexual violence have affected you, learn and practise positive coping strategies and self-compassion, identify and develop positive future goals and steps towards these. 

This is not a therapy group and disclosure of personal story is led by each participant.


Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland and Mindful Therapies have worked with a group of women survivors of sexual violence to develop a specialist trauma-sensitive mindfulness course.   If you would like to learn and practice mindfulness in a safe, women-only space, this 6-week course may be for you.


Our once-monthly Ongoing Peer Group is an informal space lasting 2 hours and is open to women who have completed a Core 8-week Group with RCTN. We encourage members of the group to decide together the activities and discussion topics for each session. The aim of the group is to share experiences and positive strategies for self-care.

Whilst covid-19 restrictions are in place we will be running our Ongoing Group online.  The group will still take place on the 1st Tuesday of every month but with the revised time of 3pm-5pm. All women that have accessed the Ongoing Group within the last 6 months will or have been contacted to let them know of this temporary change and how to access the group online.

If you are a member of our Ongoing Group and have any questions please email Penny,

How to join a group

You can refer yourself into our services, or someone else can refer you with your permission.

 Contact us to refer yourself or click here to use our online referral form. 

Before joining a group, our group worker will invite each woman to a one-to-one meeting to talk about the content of the group and discuss your needs and expectations.


If have any questions check out our Frequently Asked Questions page or you are welcome to contact us.


The Mindfulness Toolkit is a book of themed activities and accompanying recordings of meditations. The toolkit was created by RCTN, Mindful Therapies and a group of women survivors of sexual violence, to be used in our mindfulness groups and to be accessed by women survivors themselves.

If you wish to purchase our Mindfulness Toolkit in hard copy or as an interactive e-book, you can buy from our online shop. 

Digital Download

We also run training days for local professionals, on trauma-sensitive mindfulness techniques when working with women survivors of sexual violence. Please contact us if you would like information about our next training session.

We would like to thank our funders for making our group work possible in 2019-2020: