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Support Groups

Gathering with other survivors to talk and explore new skills can be a great source of healing. Support Groups provide a safe place to share experiences, express feelings and learn skills that support the process of healing from sexual violence. All support groups are confidential and free of charge

SARA's support groups run throughout the year and vary in structure and content based on client needs and staff availability. 

Please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 434-295-7273 if you are interested in being added to the list for a support group.  

Here is a list of the Fall 2017 Direct Services support group offerings:

  • Adult Women’s Survivor’s Group-
    • For Survivors Only
    • Women 18+; open group
    • every other Monday evening beginning Sept 18th, 6:30-7:30pm
    • Located at SARA
    • Facilitated by Gleibys Gonzalez (Adult Advocate) and Lindsay Detlie, MSW (therapist)
    • Covers various topics (i.e.- self-compassion, boundaries, mindfulness, etc.), includes mindfulness practice and time for discussion
  • Reflect and Share Writing Group
    • For Survivors, Family members, Loved ones, etc.
    • Any gender, 18+; open group
    • Every other Monday evening beginning Oct. 23rd, 6:30-7:45pm (alternating weeks from the support group)
    • Located at SARA
    • Facilitated by Danielle Buynak (volunteer) and a SARA staff member
    • Structured time with discussion concerning pieces of literature, a writing prompt, time to write and share as desired
  • Adult Women’s DBT Skills Training Group
    • For Survivors Only
    • Women 18+; semi-closed group
    • Every Wednesday 6:30-8:30pm, Sept 20th-Nov 15th
    • Located at SARA
    • Facilitated by Dr. Amanda Trent (Clinical Director), Angela Nemecek-Haag, (volunteer), & Emily Maximus, MSW intern
    • This module is Emotion Regulation Part 2, which focuses on skills designed to assist with long-term management of overwhelming feelings and building a life worth living in spite of the pain.
  • Connections Group- Voices
    • For Survivors only
    • Teen girls 14-17 years old; open group
    • Tuesday afternoon 4:30-6:00pm, October 3rd- Dec 12th
    • Located at ReadyKids
    • Facilitated by Gayle Davies (Child Advocate) and Emily Maximus, MSW intern
    • Structured journaling that allows girls to explore topics related to self, consent, relationships, support, etc.
  • Project Hope- Safety and Stabilization
    • For survivors and their caregivers
    • Teen girls and parents/guardians; closed group
    • Thursday evenings
    • Located at SARA
    • Facilitated by Anna Blum, PMHCNS-BC (community partner) and Janie Williams, MSW (therapist)
    • This group is wrapping up the first week of October. This group focused on learning about trauma and identifying triggers, assisting parents in their attachment and relating with their kids, etc.

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Upcoming Events

Reflect and Share Writing Group
Nov 20 2017 - Nov 20 2017
06:30AM - 07:45PM
Connections Group - Voices
Nov 21 2017 - Nov 21 2017
04:30PM - 06:00PM
Connections Group - Voices
Nov 28 2017 - Nov 28 2017
04:30PM - 06:00PM
Reflect and Share Writing Group
Dec 04 2017 - Dec 04 2017
06:30AM - 07:45PM
Connections Group - Voices
Dec 05 2017 - Dec 05 2017
04:30PM - 06:00PM

About SARA

The mission of the Sexual Assault Resource Agency (SARA) is to eliminate sexual violence and its impact by providing education, advocacy and support to men, women and children. Our vision is a community free from sexual violence.

Communities Served

We are located in Charlottesville, Virginia and serve:

  • City of Charlottesville
  • Albemarle County
  • Louisa County
  • Nelson County
  • Fluvanna County
  • Greene County

Contact SARA

 Charlottesville, Virginia

 24-Hour Hotline: 434-977-7273
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