Support groups

We regret to inform you that we cannot accept new referrals to:

  • counselling (adult & young people)
  • support groups
  • psychoeducation
  • drop-in groups

We kindly ask you not to to make a referral to the Advocacy (ISVA) service if you would like to access counselling. We would be unable to add you to the counselling waiting list and it would increase the waiting list for those wishing to access the Advocacy service. We will update our social media/website as soon as we are open for referrals again (Facebook: OSARCC, Twitter: @OSARCC, Instagram: @oxfordshirerapecrisis). Click here for more information.

 

We run several support groups each year to provide a safe and inclusive space for adult survivors of sexual abuse and rape, so that they can draw on strength and support from other survivors coming to terms with similar issues.

There will be a wait of at least 9 months for support groups.

Who the groups are for

The groups are open to anyone who self-defines as a woman and non-binary individuals recorded female at birth over the age of eighteen who has experienced sexual abuse or rape, whether in the past or recently, as a child or as an adult.


What to expect

Format

Each group is run in a block of twelve weekly sessions, with the same group of people throughout. Each session will involve discussion of certain themes, which are in part led by the group itself, but facilitated by a qualified counsellor and an OSARCC volunteer. The aim is to provide a safe space to look at some of the common issues that survivors deal with and the feelings around them – for example relationships, self-esteem, guilt and shame.

Referrals

We accept referrals from survivors themselves, and from others who have the survivor’s permission, including other organisations. Find more information about making a referral.


Confidentiality

All queries will be treated in confidence by our service coordinator and your details will not be shared with any other organisation.

Any information you share within the group will be kept confidential within OSARCC. Some information about people attending the group may be shared between collective members and the OSARCC clinical supervisor.

We maintain boundaries of confidentiality between the support groups and OSARCC’s phone, email and text listening services, so that members of the groups can still access these services as an alternative, confidential support mechanism.

We will only break confidentiality if you ask us to, or if you’ve given us relevant information that makes us concerned for your or somebody else’s safety. For more information about this, please read our Child Protection policy.


Privacy

If you are visiting our website, we use a third party service called Google Analytics to collect anonymous information about how you use our website, such as any search terms you used to find OSARCC’s website, which pages you visit, and how long you stay on the website. This helps us to find out how people are using our website, and how useful it is. We can’t use this information to identify you.

Please note that if you follow a link from this site to another site, this policy will no longer apply. We are not responsible for other sites’ information handling practices. Use of your information by the owner of the linked site will normally be governed by that site’s privacy policy, which we encourage you to read.

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