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Educational and Support Groups

The London Abused Women’s Centre offers many educational and support groups both in the office at 797 York street and throughout the community.  For any additional information about any of the groups listed below please contact us!

Educational and Support Groups at LAWC

Making Connections Group

  • 12-session educational weekly support group for women and girls who have been abused, sexually exploited, trafficked, prostituted and/or sexually harassed
  • Topic – examples: Impact of abuse/trafficking/exploitation/harassment on women and their children; grounding and coping strategies; interrelationship of abuse and violence against women to health, mental health and addiction; Underlying societal/cultural/institutional causes of abuse/sexual harassment/sex trafficking/sexual exploitation of women and girls; Victim Blaming; Survival Skills
  • For women and girls who have completed their individual counselling appointments at LAWC
  • Child-minding available

Women’s Support Group

  • 12-session second-level educational weekly support group for women and girls who have been abused, sexually exploited, trafficked, prostituted and/or sexually harassed
  • Women with lived experience choose weekly topics: for example, Women’s Rights in Relationships; Post-Traumatic Stress; Wellness and Self-Care; Advanced Safety Planning and Community Resources
  • Community experts and service providers are invited to present
  • For women and girls who have completed their individual counselling appointments and the Making Connections Group at LAWC
  • Child-minding provided

Drop-In Group

  • On-going weekly drop-in educational support group for women and girls who have been abused, sexually exploited, trafficked, prostituted and/or sexually harassed
  • Topics change every week and women can request a group around issues of interest e.g., personal boundaries; anxiety and coping strategies; guilt/victim-blaming; self-esteem/self-care; how can I help my children?; anger; dealing with my triggers; community resources
  • For women and girls who are currently participating in individual counselling or group support at LAWC
  • Child-minding provided by pre-arrangement

Outreach Educational and Support Groups:

Tripod Group: Inter-relationship between abuse/violence against women with health/mental health and substance use

  • 9-session weekly support and educational group for women and girls who have been abused by an intimate partner, sexually exploited, trafficked, prostituted and/or sexually harassed
  • Focus is on the inter-relationship between abuse/violence against women with health, mental health and substance use; creating safety; healing from Post-Traumatic Stress; Woman Abuse and related Trauma from all forms of violence against women; Substance use, Abuse and Dependency
  • Held at different locations including Addiction Services Thames Valley (co-facilitated with ADSTV staff) and EMDC

Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre Groups

  • Two 4-session weekly support and educational groups for women adapted from the Making Connections Group model and from the Tripod Group model specifically for women incarcerated at the Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre (EMDC) who have been abused by an intimate partner, sexually exploited, trafficked, prostituted and/or sexually harassed
  • Making Connections Group which includes topics on Power and Control; Dispelling the myths about abuse/violence against women/sexual exploitation; Anger about the abuse; Safety; Equality; and Warning signs of abusive behaviour
  • Tripod Group focuses on the impact of abuse/trafficking/exploitation/harassment on women; creating safety; healing from Post-Traumatic Stress; Woman Abuse and related Trauma from all forms of violence against women; Substance use, Abuse and Dependency; interrelationship of abuse and violence against women to health, mental health and addiction
  • Specialized groups for women who have been trafficked, sexually-exploited and/or prostituted or who are at risk are also offered at EMDC including topics such as the impact of being sexually exploited/ prostituted/trafficked including post-traumatic stress; current laws on sexual exploitation, prostitution and sex-trafficking; Prevention – luring and recruiting; Cyberviolence; Woman abuse and its relationship to sex-trafficking (e.g., Romeo Pimps, abusive partners as pimps); interaction between trauma, mental health, and substance abuse; Stigma and Victim blaming; Coping and survival skills

Peer-Led Drop-In Wellness Group for Trafficked Women and Girls

  • Peer-led on-going weekly educational support group specifically for trafficked/sexually-exploited women and girls and those at imminent risk of being trafficked
  • Focus is on Wellness, Self-care; Building relationships; Safety (includes planning exit strategies for women who have that as a goal)
  • Hot meal is provided
  • Access to a Primary Care Nurse Practitioner & therapy dog
  • Collaboration with Goodwill to refer women for resume building and/or to gain job experience in the Goodwill store or kitchen
  • Provided by Peer Support Worker through partnership with Salvation Army Correctional & Justice Services
  • Location: Salvation Army Correctional & Justice Services
  • For further information, call 226-378-7105

Choices Group for women/girls who are at risk of being or who have been sexually exploited/prostituted/sex-trafficked.

  • 4-session educational and support group adapted for specific needs of girls/women participating and the locations where group is offered g., Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre or Craigwood Youth Services Woodview Detention Centre
  • Sessions include following topics: the impact of being sexually exploited/ prostituted/trafficked including post-traumatic stress; current laws on sexual exploitation, prostitution and sex-trafficking; Prevention – luring and recruiting; Cyberviolence; Woman abuse and its relationship to sex-trafficking (e.g., Romeo Pimps, abusive partners as pimps); interaction between trauma, mental health, and substance abuse; Stigma and Victim blaming; Coping and survival skills
  • Assistance accessing counselling and needed services
  • Provided by LAWC and Salvation Army Correctional & Justice Services through partnership with SACJS
  • Locations include Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre or Craigwood Youth Services Woodview Detention Centre but can be offered through outreach at other organizations

Phoenix Group for women/girls who are at risk of being or who have been sexually exploited/prostituted/sex-trafficked

  • Specialized support groups to provide trauma-informed support to survivors of sexual exploitation/prostitution/sex trafficking and to increase safety and well-being of survivors; Topics include for example: impact of trauma/sexual exploitation/trafficking; interrelationships between trauma, mental health, health and substance use
  • Prevention groups for at-risk girls/youth and women; increase awareness about recruitment tactics/luring and trafficking to prevent exploitation of at-risk girls/youth/young women
  • Number of sessions for support and prevention groups will vary depending on location where groups are held and specific needs of participants
  • Provided in partnership between LAWC, SACJS and Youth Opportunities Unlimited
  • Locations: Youth Opportunities Unlimited; Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre; Craigwood Youth Services Woodview Detention Centre and through outreach at other locations

My Sisters’ Place Group:

  • On-going weekly educational support group on-site at My Sisters’ Place (Canadian Mental Health Association) for women and girls subjected to violence against women and many of whom are living in poverty, homeless or have unstable housing, and experiencing health, mental health and/or substance use issues
  • Co-facilitated by staff from Anova
  • Focus is on creating safety; healing from Post-Traumatic Stress; the interrelationship of abuse and violence against women to health, mental health and addiction; and on topics related to emotional well-being, health and overall wellness
  • Location: My Sisters’ Place

Wise Women’s Wellness Group: Supporting older women in rebuilding their lives, resilience and wellness after experiencing violence against women

  • Up to 8-session educational and support group for women who are 60 years of age or older and who have been subjected to gender-based violence including abuse  by an intimate partner, sexual harassment, sexual exploitation and/or sexual assault
  • Focus of the program will be on supporting women in building community and connection; overcoming barriers; finding support and validation; having their voices heard; acknowledging their survival skills, courage and strength and promoting their resilience; safety and prevention; and providing support and tools to increase their emotional well-being, health and overall wellness
  • Location: new group planned for Hamilton Road Seniors’ Centre and Community Centre; London Abused Women’s Centre; and Cherryhill Public Library

For more information about any of these groups