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Support groups

Support groups

What is a support group?

A support group offers people an opportunity to discuss their experiences with others who have shared similar experiences, and to learn from each other.

Some groups are facilitated by professionals who work at a community organisation (for example, a Community Health Centre, or a Centre Against Sexual Assault). The role of these facilitators is to organise and set up the group, and to make sure everyone gets an opportunity to contribute. Other groups are self-help, which means that the group is run by participants who have personal experiences of abuse themselves.

How often do they meet?

Some groups are held over a specific time-frame. They might meet once a week for a period of 10 weeks, for example. Others are on-going, and may meet regularly for years.

Most support groups for people who have experienced violence are run through community health centres or local neighbourhood houses. 

Support groups in Victoria, Australia

You can download our Support Groups booklet under the Our Publications section of this website. It lists available family violence and sexual abuse support groups in Victoria, by region.

Online support: Our Place Online

An online forum for men and women who have suffered abuse in all its forms: psychological, verbal, physical, sexual, and spiritual abuse. The forum is run by a community of volunteers all over the world. Our Place Online aims to help educate and support those wishing to heal from the damage done.  

Related links

Family Life is a specialist family services provider working with vulnerable children, families and communities.

Women’s Health West provide crisis outreach and court support, housing establishment and crisis accommodation options, counselling and group work programs for women and children.

Providing quality programs and support for men in need to achieve health and wellbeing across the whole of life.

The Centre for Non-Violence delivers a range of services and programs that prevent and respond to family violence and homelessness.

Dardi Munwurro delivers a range of tailored family violence, healing and behaviour change programs and services to Aboriginal men and youth.

Provides a wide range of programs to support women and their children affected by domestic violence. Also works with men who perpetrate domestic violence.

Juno (formerly WISHIN) helps women in Melbourne’s north who are experiencing, or who are at risk of experiencing, homelessness or family violence.

Kildonan Uniting Care is a community service organisation supporting individuals, families and communities from metropolitan Melbourne through to northern regional Victoria.

ReNew is an Australian-first program aimed at tackling family violence. The niche program works specifically with mothers and children who have experienced family violence, and whe

Ruby Gaea is a women and children's sexual assault counselling and information service.

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