Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Support Group
The YWCA hosts a support group for those who have experienced domestic violence/sexual assault. This group allows people to talk freely and without judgement and as a result, grow from past experiences.
The YWCA works to grow the empowerment of women and these actions do just the opposite. Join us for a meeting to find your strength and get your life back.
Help has never been so close to home, and with our trained employees to answer any and all questions that arise from such events, so let us help.
Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Meanings
Defined as any action used by one partner to maintain power and control over the other, domestic violence counts as physical or emotional abuse, unwanted sexual attention, controlling where and when one leaves and more. For more information regarding domestic violence, check out the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence website.
Defined as any forced sexual action, sexual assault can be unwanted fondling, penetration or rape. Although physical methods are not the only type of sexual assault, it is quite common. Perpetrators may use emotional coercion or manipulation to get what they want, as well. For more information on sexual assault, follow the link: Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network.
This group will go through a variety of information throughout the meeting. Therefore, we suggest bringing a notebook and pen or pencil to write with for taking notes.
Attendees are free to talk about past or current experiences that have occurred. Everything mentioned in these meetings are confidential. Open to all community members, the group encourages growth and questions. In addition, talking is known to be an effective form of therapy.
Trained staff members present can discuss red flags, safety, and action plans in any one meeting.
Community members are encouraged to attend if they have experienced any form of domestic violence/sexual assault.
In conclusion, it is the YWCA’s goal to help people feel themselves again. It’s important to know that help is always available. All you have to do is ask.
The meetings are at 5:30 p.m. on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month at the YWCA.
Feel free to call our Wise Options staff at (570) 323-8167 for more information.
If you or someone you know has experienced domestic violence or sexual assault, call the YWCA 24/7 hotline with any questions or concerns regarding help. Check out the Wise Options information page here.