Empowering Friends and Family offers information and support for secondary survivors of sexual or domestic violence in a monthly workshop. Secondary survivors are those close to an individual experiencing abuse. They may be a child, sibling, spouse, significant other, coworker, or friend, and they can experience symptoms of abuse like their loved one.
You can have a lot of questions or concerns as you are impacted by secondary trauma. How can you provide support? How should you talk? What questions can you ask? How can you offer safety and protection?
Your support and love have the capability to impact your loved one’s decisions in positive or negative ways. Remember that they have undergone an experience they could not control, and they may feel fear, humiliation, or shame. You may be tempted to push them to talk, try to reassure them or want to protect them.
Empowering Friends and Family can help you understand how you can provide such support while also allowing your loved one the opportunity to take back the power and control that was taken from them by their abuser.
Sessions meet once per month and are one hour and thirty minutes long, rotating between focusing on sexual assault and domestic violence. Attendees can expect full confidentiality and leave with a sense of confidence in how they may provide support and empowerment in the future.
If you would like more information, call 812-422-9372 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Wednesday, August 14||12:00 – 1:30 pm||Sexual Assault||EVPL Central, Browning Room A|
|Thursday, September 12||5:30 – 7:30 pm||Domestic Violence||TBD|
|Thursday, October 10||5:30 – 7:30 pm||Sexual Assault||TBD|
|Friday, November 15||12:00 – 1:30 pm||Domestic Violence||EVPL Red Bank, Howard Room|
|Friday, December 13||12:00 – 1:30 pm||Sexual Assault||EVPL Red Bank, Howard Room|