Support Groups

Oxfordshire Sexual Abuse and Rape Crisis Centre run a Support Group service to provide a safe and inclusive space where women survivors of sexual abuse and rape can work towards recovery, drawing on strength and support from other survivors coming to terms with similar issues.

Please note: We are currently not taking any more referrals onto our Counselling or Support Group waiting lists. If you are interested in accessing these services then we would ask that you contact us in September when will be able to give you more information about whether we are open for referrals again.

If it would be helpful to you, we could provide information on other counselling and support groups services in Oxfordshire.

If you need emotional support in the meantime, then you are very welcome to contact our helpline and email support services.

Who the groups are for

There are no criteria for joining this group other than being a woman over the age of eighteen years old who is a survivor of sexual abuse and/or rape, whether in the past or recently, as a child or as an adult.

Anyone who defines as a woman will be offered the use of our support groups. In line with OSARCC’s current policy on women-only space, anyone who does not identify as a woman will not be offered group support at OSARCC at this stage. However, every effort will be made to identify appropriate support groups for men and non-binary people.

What to expect

Format

The groups are run in blocks of 12 weekly sessions. The groups have a mixture of discussion around certain themes which are in part led by the group itself and are facilitated by a qualified counsellor and an OSARCC volunteer.  The group aims to provide a safe space to look at some of the common issues that survivors can carry and the feelings around them, for example relationships, self esteem, guilt and blame.  

Confidentiality

All queries will be treated in confidence by our facilitator and your details will not be shared with any other organisation.

Any information you share within the groups will be kept confidential within OSARCC. Some information about women attending the support groups may be shared between collective members and the OSARCC supervisor.

We maintain boundaries of confidentiality between the Support Group and OSARCC’s telephone and e-mail support services, so that members of the support groups can still access these services as an alternative confidential support mechanism.

We will only break confidentiality if you ask us to, or in certain circumstances and you’ve given us relevant information, and we’re concerned for your (or somebody else’s) safety. For more information about this, please read our Child Protection policy.