Dorset Action on Abuse

Survivor support groups

To encourage adults who were abused as children to support one another, sharing friendship and understanding.

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  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing


  • Women & GirlsWomen & Girls
  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)
  • OtherOther



We currently have two survivor support groups, but developing additional groups depends of funding. We provide money to hire suitable premises where groups can meet, and support them through a voluntary group facilitator. We also provide a mobile for the group leader and facilitator, and cover the expenses of the facilitator. The groups provide friendship, understanding and peer support to survivors. Group discussion allows them to explore difficult past trauma, and to learn how to overcome some of the emotional and social difficulties it has caused, helping them move forward with renewed confidence. Group members feedback to the management committee and are involved in the development of all daa services. Groups also have the opportunity to take part in daa training events - the 2007 annual conference was greatly enhanced by one group who prodiced a visual display board and presented their stories to the attendees.