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Support Groups


MSU Safe Place is currently offering three support groups for survivors of relationship violence. We welcome anyone who has experienced abuse in a current or past intimate relationship, or been exposed to relationship violence between adults or caregivers as a child. Participation in all of our programs, including attending our support groups, is available for free.

Following Safe Place's client-centered approach, participants help determine themes and activities offered during support group sessions. Space for feedback is given after each group as a way to best meet the needs of our support group participants.

Listed below are some of the themes & activities Safe Place has facilitated in the past:

  • Meditation skills
  • Boundary setting
  • Self-care tools
  • Vision boarding
  • Trauma and the impact on the brain
  • Mindfulness
  • Psycho-education on relationship violence and tactics used by abusers
  • Breathing exercises
  • Processing grief
  • Ways to improve self-esteem
  • Facts and myths about intimate partner violence

In order to attend, those interested must register for a brief screening to determine if our support group is the best fit for your needs. Registration is required to attend group for the safety of all participants. Please click "register here".

Spring 2024 Support Groups:

1) Hobby Exploration: A Journey of Discovery, Healing, and Support - Mondays 5:30-7pm. In-person. Open to all survivors of relationship violence.

  • This group will focus on the transformative power of identifying hobbies as a pathway to rebuilding and rediscovering joy and self-care after trauma. Through shared experiences, encouragement, and creative expression, participants will build resilience, reclaim their sense of self, and forge new connections in a supportive community dedicated to growth and healing.

 

2) Healing from Within: Understanding Childhood Adversities and Trauma - Tuesdays 5:30-7pm. In-person. Open to all survivors of relationship violence.

  • This group will read ‘The Deepest Well’ by Nadine Burke Harris as a way to explore the impact of past trauma. Members will engage in discussions about healing, growth, and well-being within a supportive community of individuals who share similar experiences. Audio books will be available as an alternative option.

 

3) Reclaiming Power: A Healing Journey - Thursdays 12-1pm. Virtual*. Open to all survivors of relationship violence.

  • This group will focus on supporting survivors to talk about their feelings and experiences surrounding relationship violence with other survivors. Survivors gain and learn effective coping strategies, and learn more about the dynamics of relationship violence.
    • Register here
    • *Registration is required to obtain meeting information