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Support Groups

Gathering with other survivors to talk and explore new skills can be a great source of healing. Support Groups provide a safe place to share experiences, express feelings and learn skills that support the process of healing from sexual violence. All support groups are confidential and free of charge

SARA's support groups run throughout the year and vary in structure and content based on client needs and staff availability. 

Please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 434-295-7273 if you are interested in being added to the list for a support group.  

Here is a list of the Spring/Summer 2018 Direct Services support group offerings:

  • Adult Women’s Survivor’s Group-
    • For Survivors Only
    • Women 18+; open group
    • Every Monday evening beginning 6:30-8:00pm
    • Located at SARA
    • Facilitated by Lindsay Detlie, MSW (therapist) and Emily Maximus, MSW candidate
    • Covers various topics (i.e.- self-compassion, boundaries, mindfulness, etc.), includes mindfulness practice and time for discussion
  • Creative Writing Intensive Retreats
    • For Survivors, Family members, Loved ones, etc.
    • Any gender, 18+; open groups that will be more different categories
    • Dates TBD
    • Location TBD
    • Facilitated by Danielle Buynak (volunteer) and a SARA staff member
    • An open space to explore different ways to express yourself honestly. Will involve discussion of literature, a writing prompt, time to write and share as desired
  • Adult Women’s DBT Skills Training Group
    • For Survivors Only
    • Women 18+; semi-closed group
    • Every Wednesday 6:30-8:30pm, May 2nd – June 27th  (Greatest Hits); July 11th-August 29th (Mindfulness)
    • Located at SARA
    • Facilitated by Dr. Amanda Trent (Clinical Director), Angela Nemecek-Haag, MSW, & Emily Maximus, MSW candidate
    • The Mindfulness module focuses on the central skills of DBT that are the foundation for the rest of the DBT modules. Mindfulness involves being aware of the present moment fully without judgment. These skills draw from Zen practice, but are compatible with Western contemplative practices.
  • Connections Group- Voices
    • For Survivors only
    • Teen girls 14-17 years old; open group
    • Tuesday afternoon 4:30-6:00pm & Sunday afternoon 3:00pm-4:30pm
    • Located at ReadyKids (Tuesdays) & SARA office (Sundays)
    • Facilitated by Gayle Davies (Child Advocate) and Emily Maximus, MSW candidate
    • Structured journaling that allows girls to explore topics related to self, consent, relationships, support, etc.
    • Summer dates TBD

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Upcoming Events

Adult Women's DBT Skills Training Group
Jul 18 2018 - Sep 05 2018
06:30PM - 08:30PM
Adult Women's DBT Skills Training Group
Jul 11 2018 - Aug 29 2018
06:30PM - 08:30PM
Adult Women Survivors' Support Group
Jul 23 2018 - Jul 23 2018
06:30PM - 08:00PM
Adult Women's DBT Skills Training Group
Jul 25 2018 - Sep 12 2018
06:30PM - 08:30PM
Adult Women Survivors' Support Group
Jul 30 2018 - Jul 30 2018
06:30PM - 08:00PM

About SARA

The mission of the Sexual Assault Resource Agency (SARA) is to eliminate sexual violence and its impact by providing education, advocacy and support to men, women and children. Our vision is a community free from sexual violence.

Communities Served

We are located in Charlottesville, Virginia and serve:

  • City of Charlottesville
  • Albemarle County
  • Louisa County
  • Nelson County
  • Fluvanna County
  • Greene County

Contact SARA

 Charlottesville, Virginia

 24-Hour Hotline: 434-977-7273
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