Support Groups


Support Groups

Support groups are made up of people with shared experiences and circumstances who support, comfort and encourage each other. Our support groups are NOT therapist-led groups but rather a place where the members can learn from each other and share each other’s journey towards healing.

Families First has many different support groups that meet at various dates, times, and locations. Our current support group offerings are listed here. If you have questions or wish to register online, click here. 

Domestic Violence Support Groups

Open Domestic Violence Support Groups

What are domestic violence support groups?

Families First’s domestic violence support groups are completely voluntary and confidential. It is a place for sharing, support, hope, and healing!

Who can attend?

These groups are for anyone who is currently experiencing or has experienced past domestic violence in its many forms, including physical, verbal, emotional, sexual, and economic abuse.

When and where are the DV support groups held?

Tuesdays from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm in downtown Indianapolis

Wednesdays from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm on the Southeast side of Indianapolis

Exact locations will be given once registration has occurred.

Is childcare provided?

Childcare may be available with advanced notification.


Family-Focused Support Group

What is the Family-Focused Support Group?

This is an 8-week educational support group for families who have experienced or witnessed domestic violence. This group is intended to assist the family unit in the healing process by allowing each member of the family a safe space to learn, share and grow. Participants learn about safety planning; the dynamics of abuse; how to communicate feelings, set boundaries, and improve self-esteem.  Children and teens meet in small groups in which age-appropriate materials are presented. Adult groups are offered in English and Spanish.  Childcare is provided.

Who can attend?

Adults, children and teens who have experienced, witnessed or want education about domestic violence.

When and where does the Family Focused Support Group meet?

Family-Focused Support Group takes place one night a week for 8 weeks. Each meeting lasts for an hour and a half. Groups are offered at various locations throughout Marion County; please call or complete the registration form for a current listing of dates and locations.


Sexual Assault Support Groups

Support Group for Survivors of Sexual Assault

What is a sexual assault support group?

Families First’s sexual assault support group is a place for adult victims and survivors of sexual assault to gather for understanding, comfort and support.

Who can attend?

These groups are for anyone who has ever experienced sexual assault of any kind throughout their lifetime.

When and where are the support groups held?

The support group will meet weekly for 8 weeks. Participants must pre-register, and new members will not be added once the 8-week series has begun. Exact locations and times will be communicated to attendees once registration takes place.

Is childcare provided?

Childcare may be available with advanced notification.


SUPPORT GROUP FOR TEEN SURVIVORS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT

What is a sexual assault support group?

This group is an opportunity for teen survivors of sexual assault to come together in a safe space to share their experiences, receive information and resources, and build a peer support network.

Who can attend?

This group is for female teen survivors between ages 14-17 that have experienced some type of sexual assault or abuse.

When and where are the support groups held?

The support group will meet weekly for 10 weeks. The parent/legal guardian and their child must meet with an advocate to register prior to joining a group. New members will not be added once the 10-week series has begun. Exact locations and times will be communicated to attendees once registration takes place.


Support Group for Parents of Children who have been Sexually Abused

What is the Parents Support Group?

This group is for parents of children who have been sexually abused. This is an opportunity for parents to discuss their experiences, share ideas and provide emotional support to one another.

Who can attend?

Any non-offending parent/s of children who have been sexually abused.

When and where are the support groups held?

The support groups will meet weekly for 8 weeks. Exact locations and times will be communicated to attendees once registration takes place.


Support Group for Adult Survivors of Childhood Abuse

What is ASCA?

Adult Survivors of Child Abuse (ASCA SM) is an international self-help support group program designed specifically for adult survivors of neglect, physical, sexual, and/or emotional abuse. ASCA SM was created by the Norma J. Morris Center which is a non-profit 501c3 organization run by volunteers. For more information about the Norma J. Morris Center and ASCA SM you can visit www.ascasupport.org

Who can attend?

This group is for adults who have experienced physical, sexual and/or emotional abuse and neglect. Group members cannot be currently perpetrating abuse on anyone else.

When and where is this support group held?

This support group meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm. Meetings are held downtown.


Boundaries Group for Women

What is a boundaries group?

This is a group for adult women who want to learn and explore the topic of boundaries. Group members will learn how to define boundaries including what constitutes healthy and unhealthy boundaries. Group members will explore the state of their own boundaries and gain tools to help set and defend healthy boundaries in all their relationships.

Who can attend?

This group is for adult women who may have experienced abuse in relationships or who simply want to learn about healthy boundaries.

When and where is this support group held?

This support group will meet weekly for six weeks. Exact locations and times will be communicated to attendees once registration takes place.



To sign up or get more information about any of these groups:

Please call Tosha Orr at (317) 644-7355 or email toshao@familiesfirstindiana.org. You can also fill out our online registration form below.


Support Group Registration